Two indicted in federal drug case

A Wooster man was indicted in a federal drug case surrounding an alleged conspiracy to bring oxycodone pills from Detroit.

Larry Rouse, 43, last known address of 121 Prospect St., was indicted in United States District Court in Detroit on a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute oxycodone.

He was indicted with a codefendant, Shawn House, 44, Detroit.

Don Hall, director of the Medway Drug Enforcement Agency, said the cases against Rouse and House started with the local agency before receiving assistance from the Cleveland and Detroit Drug Enforcement Administration offices.

The investigation lasted more than eight months.

Investigators allege Rouse and House were involved in a major distribution of oxycodone, a schedule II drug, in the form of 80 mg and 40 mg pills.

The indictment states the two conspired to deal oxycodone since 2011.

Hall explained the cases against House and Rouse spawned from a case Medway investigated against Calvin Cunningham, a Detroit man who was convicted of possession of drugs. Cunningham was found with over $24,000 worth of oxycodone 80 mg pills during a search warrant executed in Wooster by Medway. He was found to be a major supplier of oxycodone pills in Wooster and Wayne County.

He is incarcerated in Mansfield Correctional Facility serving a three-year prison sentence. He is eligible for judicial release in March.

Hall could not elaborate on the connection between Rouse, House and Cunningham as there is a potential for additional indictments to come from the investigation.

Hall estimated House and Rouse allegedly brought in over $1 million worth of pills to the area during the course of the investigation.

He called their alleged operations a "significant distribution to our county." He credited the work of his staff at Medway and the Cleveland and Detroit DEA offices for investigating the case.


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