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First of 3 Dayton ‘Diamond Cut’ members pleads guilty to drug charges

Published: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 @ 12:00 AM

Darrius Reynolds pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to drug trafficking charges. Two other so-called Diamond Cut members have pending cases.

One of three defendants of the so-called “Diamond Cut” group including a Dayton rap artist pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to drug trafficking charges.

Darrius J. Reynolds, 25, pleaded guilty in Dayton’s U.S. District Court to possession with intent to distribute fentanyl. In exchange, a conspiracy charge was dismissed.

Fellow defendants and brothers Larry Winn and rapper Clarence “Chaos” Winn, aka CCSERVA, are scheduled for plea deals and/or future hearings. Reynolds is not currently incarcerated, but the Winns are both in area county jails.

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The three are part of a group called Diamond Cut — an organization Clarence Winn contends is made up of musicians but that which law enforcement has called a gang. Other members of Diamond Cut have been prosecuted for federal drug-related crimes.

Reynolds’ attorney calculated his client’s non-binding sentencing guideline range at 27 to 33 months. The statutory maximums are up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.

U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice accepted the guilty plea and scheduled sentencing for June 7. Rice, who ordered a pre-sentence report, said he is not bound by the agreed-upon sentencing range.

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In March 2017, a local drug task force busted what Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer called a “substantial” fentanyl operation during a series of raids in Trotwood and Dayton.

Four pounds of fentanyl was seized along with cash, guns and 10 “upscale” vehicles at search warrant raids at four spots by the Regional Agencies Narcotics & Gun Enforcement Task Force (RANGE) and an FBI SWAT team. Plummer said then that the drugs seized had an estimated street value of $160,000.

Clarence Winn was indicted on six counts related to drug trafficking. There is a telephone status conference in Clarence Winn’s case scheduled for March 26.

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Last May, Clarence Winn was ordered to remain in custody when Rice denied Winn’s motion for bond.

The judge went against a pretrial services report that said Winn’s deep ties to the community meant he could be out of jail without electronic monitoring.

Larry Winn, who was indicted on three counts, is scheduled for a change of plea hearing on March 19.

Darrius J. Reynolds(Staff Writer)

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Driver hands police officer marijuana joint

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 12:00 AM

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A vehicle driving above the posted speed limit drew the attention of three police officers standing in front of the police station on South Poplar Street.

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Police followed the vehicle at 2:05 a.m. June 10 until it stopped in a parking lot.

The officer who approached reported a strong odor of marijuana, both burnt and raw, coming from the vehicle, according to a police report.

The driver, identified as Christopher Bailey, 21, acknowledged the smell of marijuana and turned over a joint. He also told the officer he would find a warrant out of Fairfield when he ran the identification.

Warrants in both Hamilton and Fairfield were confirmed and Bailey was placed under arrest. It was also learned he was under an OVI suspension.

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Three passengers in the vehicle were asked to get out during a search, in which two more buds of marijuana were found, one on the console and one in the back seat, according to the report.

Two weighing scales were found in the console and a small jar of what appeared to be marijuana derivative as well as a pipe used to inhale marijuana derivative were also found, according to the police report.

Bailey was issued a summons for charges of driving under OVI suspension, illegal possession of a controlled substance and illegal possession of drug paraphernalia marijuana.

He was then transported to Fairfield Police. The unverified marijuana derivative was sent to the drug lab for testing.

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Tons of trash, overpowering stench at Moraine site of raid

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 6:55 PM
Updated: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 11:50 PM

Deputies are moving years of waste

Tons of trash dumped in a wooded area off Germantown Pike, which has caused an overpowering stench, is part of a Monday law enforcement raid at the property that led to one arrest.

  • Raid at home, garage in 6700 block of Germantown Pike
  • Tons of trash found dumped in wooded area behind home
  • Man jailed, awaiting formal drug possession charge

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A large law enforcement presence was at a Germantown Pike property all day.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies, a special weapons and tactics team and Regional Agencies Narcotics and Gun Enforcement task force members were on scene at a home in the 6700 block of Germantown Pike and deep into the woods of the property.

Deputies brought a semi and dumpster back into the woods. They were seen moving some of the trash around. They hauled away a backhoe as evidence.

Neighbors said deputies carried piles of items from that wooded area, as well as from a house and garage.

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“They found stuff back there. They’ve carried out huge tubs, looked like it was really heavy. Big boxes of things. They carried out stuff in cloths, white cloths.”

Neighbors said the RANGE task force was ready to break down the home’s front door when one of them offered a key. They said they watched deputies carry out several guns, and then the task force did break a door to get into the garage.

One man was spotted handcuffed in back of a cruiser.


Logan R. Lucas, 23, was arrested at 2 p.m. during the raid in the 6700 block of Germantown Pike and booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of drug possession, online jail records show. He has not been formally charged.

Deputies removed items from the home and deep in the woods behind the property, but so far have not said what led to the investigation.

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Crews also removed two dogs along with their food and water bowls from the home, Jacobs said.

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Man pleads guilty to tampering with a coin machine, stealing quarters in New Carlisle

Published: Monday, June 18, 2018 @ 1:16 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 1:57 AM

            Jeffrey Hale
Jeffrey Hale

A man pleaded guilty in Clark County court to stealing quarters from a coin machine in New Carlisle, according to online court records.

Jeffrey Hale, 36, of Huber Heights, was charged in Clark County Municipal Court with tampering with a coin machine. He pleaded guilty to the charge and his sentence was not immediately clear.

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Clark County deputies began their investigation when they responded to a laundromat in New Carlisle in reference to a theft.

“Upon arrival, the business owner advised he was reviewing his security camera from the weekend and observed a male using a metal wire to remove quarters from the coin machine inside the business,” the report says.

The deputy said he could not identify the man at the time, but did recognize a person with him.

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A few days later deputies say they received a tip from an anonymous source who said the man was Hale.

“I located a social for Jeff and pulled up his BMV picture and was able to positively identify the suspect s Jeff Hale,” the affidavit says.

Hale was later arrested.

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Officers working to determine location of shooting that left 1 hospitalized

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 12:39 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2018 @ 1:11 AM

Officers are working to determine the location of an early morning shooting that left one person hospitalized.

The victim reportedly showed up at Miami Valley Hospital. Crews checked one location in Harrison Twp. and also Weselyn Park in Dayton for a possible shooting scene, but found no evidence of a crime.

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According to initial reports, the gunshot victim was taken to Miami Valley Hospital. The victim’s name, age and condition were not immediately available.

We will update this report as we learn information.

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