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Law enforcement officials with the Northern Ohio Law Enforcement Task Force arrested three people Tuesday morning for drug trafficking.

The three individuals are three of seventeen indicted for their roles in a drug trafficking conspiracy that brought multiple kilograms of cocaine to Cleveland from Los Angeles and Las Vegas, often secretly strapping the drugs to human couriers who traveled by bus and train.

The cocaine was transported by couriers who were paid $1,000 per kilogram of cocaine they transported, usually over commercial carriers such as Greyhound, Amtrak and Megabus. The couriers used fictitious names and wore girdles and clothes designed to hide the drugs.

The three individuals arrested Tuesday morning have been identified as Rhonda Shaw, 45, of Cleveland; Dorothy Johnson, 66, of Cleveland; and Paul Johnson, 29, of Cleveland. The remaining individuals indicted lived outside of Cleveland including Palmdale, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Desoto, Texas and Henderson, NV.

“These defendants brought cocaine to our territory via trains and buses,” said Stephen D. Anthony, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Cleveland office. “The Northern Ohio Law Enforcement Task Force has demonstrated through numerous successful investigations, including this one that drugs and violence will not go unnoticed by law enforcement.”


Article and Picture Courtesy of WEWS NewsChannel 5