Six Akron men were sentenced to federal prison Friday for their roles in a conspiracy to bring more than 200 pounds of methamphetamine from California and sell it in the Akron area.
The sentences range from more than 15 years in prison to less than three years in prison.
The men traveled between Cleveland and Los Angeles to obtain large amounts of methamphetamine that they distributed in the Akron area, according to court documents.
“Methamphetamine is a growing threat in Northern Ohio,” U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said in a news release.
“We are now seeing meth that is cheaper and more pure than versions of the drug seen in the past. We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to stem the flow of this dangerous narcotic into our community and prosecute those who profit from it.”
Ugunda Sanders, 46, was convicted following a trial and was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison.
Rashaad M. Thomas, 41, was sentenced to more than 14 years in prison. Michael E. Davis, 49, was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison. James E. Sanders, 52, was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Christopher J. Proctor was sentenced to more than three years in prison. Reuben Simmons, 32, was sentenced to less than three years in prison.
Members of the Akron/Summit County HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) Initiative conducted the investigation. The HIDTA Initiative includes the Drug Enforcement Administration, Akron Police Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Summit County Sheriff’s Office and the Summit County Drug Unit. Also included are various local police departments in Summit County, and the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Payum Doroodian.