Alleged ‘Mall Boys’ gang member sentenced for trafficking fentanyl

Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 12:15 PM

            Darion Stargell
Darion Stargell

An alleged member of the “Mall Boys” gang with a “direct connection” to drugs in Mexico was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison.

Darion L. Stargell, 28, was the target of an January 2017 investigation that concluded with shots fired at someone else at the Hawthorne Suites near the Dayton Mall.

Stargell pleaded guilty in Dayton’s U.S. District Court last fall to conspiracy to trafficking fentanyl, heroin and tramadol. He and seven other co-defendants were named in a 15-count indictment.

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U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rose said Stargell was to serve his time concurrent to his four-year Montgomery County Common Pleas Court sentence for trafficking in cocaine and having weapons while under disability.

“I’m not perfect by far but I am a work in progress willing to make changes,” Stargell said, admitting that he’s spent about half the 10 years of adulthood in prison and now faces a fifth drug-related conviction. “I can be a productive citizen.”

Assistant U.S. attorney Brent Tabacchi said he hopes Stargell — who he said claimed he had a direct connection to drugs in Mexico — can turn over a new leaf, but the prosecutor advocated for the top end of an agreed-upon range of 6 to 10 years.

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The non-binding sentencing range for Stargell was calculated at 151 to 188 months. The statutory maximum for Stargell’s crime was 20 years in prison.

Rose told Stargell he heard the defendant’s pleas that he’s a changed man but said it was rare for a 28-year-old to reach career criminal status.

“People are all over the Miami Valley are dead from fentanyl, do you understand that?” Rose asked. “Now you are saying you have seen the light?

“I think you would have realized before now that you were not going to meet a good end with this kind of criminal activity.”

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Stargell has earned about 300 days of jail-time credit, according to common pleas court documents.

Rose also ordered Stargell to undergo drug treatment and counseling, to submit to DNA testing, to work toward his GED, get vocational service programming and perform 40 hours of community service in the first of his four years of supervised release.

Stargell shook his head when Rose announced the decision and later told several of his supporters in the courtroom that he couldn’t believe the sentence.

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Stargell, who Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer said is suspected as being part of the Mall Boys last year was arrested after an incident in which law enforcement thought he drove a pickup that rammed into R.A.N.G.E. Task Force officers, who returned fire and grazed another man at the Hawthorn Suites near the Dayton Mall.

The status of the other co-defendants: Fermin Garcia-Gutierrez pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced April 6; Jose Angel Ramirez-Nazario pleaded guilty and was sentenced Jan. 31 to time served; Sergio Candelas-Ruiz’s case is ongoing; Lizabeth Ruiz pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced May 8; Marcus Williams’ and Kuron Evans’ cases had scheduling conferences scheduled for Thursday; Jorge Bejarano’s case is ongoing.

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Police: Mother accused of drinking in car, firing gun while kids in backseat

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 12:45 PM

Davona Chavez
Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office
Davona Chavez(Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office)

A domestic dispute led to a woman's arrest in Albuquerque Thursday, police said.

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Davona Chavez, 21, was allegedly upset because her ex-boyfriend accused her of damaging his girlfriend's car, KOB reported. She allegedly told police that she had a few shots of Hennessy, put her three children in the backseat of her car and drove off. 

At some point, Chavez allegedly stopped the car in the middle of the road and fired a shot in the air, police said. No one was injured. An officer who heard the shot followed Chavez and arrested her, KOB reported. 

Chavez is being held without bond, according to the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office.

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Police: Man shoots self, runs to mother’s house blocks away in Dayton

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 7:31 PM
Updated: Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 3:35 AM


UPDATE @ 3:05 a.m.:

The man who said he shot himself Friday night in Dayton has been identified.

>>Deputies: Man stabbed while walking in Jefferson Twp.

David Metcalf, 51, said he shot himself in the arm at his residence in the 2800 block of East Third Street then ran to his mother’s house, according to police.

Police recovered ammunition and suspected cocaine at Metcalf’s home following further investigation, a release stated.

It remains unknown if the man did shoot himself.


A man who was shot in the arm tonight ran inside his mother’s house.

Police and medics were called around 6:35 p.m. to the 3100 block of East Third Street after a woman said her son was shot and was bleeding profusely.

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He was taken by medics to Miami Valley Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.

The man told police he shot himself in the 2800 block of East Third Street, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center. The area outside a home near the corner of East Third and Jersey streets was surrounded in yellow police tape.

The man’s name and age were not available.

A woman inside a residence where the shooting happened had a broken nose, and police said it’s under investigation whether the man shot himself.

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Flames shooting from vacant house in Dayton

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 11:12 PM

Flames were shooting from the two-story house when crews were called around 11 p.m. to 917 Lorain Ave.

Crews were called late Friday night to a fire at a vacant house.

Flames were shooting from the two-story house when crews were called around 11 p.m. to 917 Lorain Ave.

We are on the way and will update this report as we learn details.

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Deputies: Man stabbed while walking in Jefferson Twp.

Published: Friday, March 23, 2018 @ 11:53 PM

Police are searching for a suspect who stabbed a man Friday night as he was was walking on Maeder Avenue.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched around 9:35 p.m. to the 20 block of Maeder Avenue, just off West Third St.

>> Man tells police he shot himself before running to his mother’s house blocks away

The victim was taken to Miami Valley Hospital. The stab would is not life-threatening, deputies said.

The incident remains under investigation.

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