Six people indicted in drug conspiracy that involved locations in Lake, Cuyahoga counties

Six people were indicted in federal court for their alleged roles in a drug conspiracy that resulted in the seizure of 17 kilograms of cocaine and more than $500,000 in cash.

Named in the seven-count indictment are: Marty V. McCaulley, 42, of Lyndhurst; Omar S. Williams, 41, of South Euclid; Paul V. Cramer, 44, of Willowick; Carl D. Penny, 50, of Oldsmar, Florida; Adolfo Maya Magadan, 58, of Glenn Heights, Texas; and Renee Ballin Serna, 24, of Chicago.

All six are charged with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio announced March 1 in a news release. McCaulley and Williams also are charged with being felons in possession of firearms.

According to the indictment: Magadan brought cocaine to Ohio and Serna sold it to McCaulley for further distribution. McCaulley met with Serna on Feb. 3 at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Willoughby Hills and gave him $110,000 in cash. Magadan then gave 6 kilograms of cocaine to Serna, who delivered the drugs to McCaulley. From there, McCaulley distributed a kilogram of cocaine to Cramer.

McCaulley and Serna then met with Penny at an apartment in Willoughby Hills. Penny had digital scales, plastic bags, rubber bands and $103,100 in cash.  Williams had nearly 8 kilograms of cocaine and $210,041 in cash at a residence in South Euclid on Feb. 4.

Prosecutors are seeking for forfeit $511,734 in cash, four firearms and a 2011 Jeep Wrangler seized during the investigation.

“The amount of cocaine, cash and guns taken off this group is remarkable,” U.S. Attorney Carole S. Rendon said. “It demonstrates they were serious drug traffickers, but law enforcement from across Northeast Ohio was able to work together to stop them.”

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Medina County Drug Task Force and the Ohio Highway Patrol with assistance from members of the Lake County Narcotics Agency, Cuyahoga Sheriff’s Office, Cleveland Heights Police Department, Cleveland Division of Police, Lorain County Drug Task Force, Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Office, and Customs and Border Protection.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Henry F. DeBaggis.

Published by The News-Herald

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