FBI says metro Atlanta men sold heroin in Ohio neighborhood

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Two metro Atlanta men were indicted on charges they trafficked heroin in an Ohio neighborhood.
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  • The men were arrested in Douglasville. 
  • Officials said they trafficked drugs in Mansfield, Ohio. 

FBI officials arrested two men at a Douglasville home Wednesday on accusations they trafficked heroin across state lines to sell in a Mansfield, Ohio, neighborhood. 

Kevin Burton, 41, and Brian Nowell, 44, were named in a 33-count indictment on a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin, crack cocaine, cocaine and marijuana, United States Attorney Justin E. Herdman said in a news release. Nineteen other people were also named in the indictment.

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A second indictment accused 18 people of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute.

“These groups brought heroin into Mansfield from out of state, sold it from houses in neighborhoods with families and used firearms to protect their operations,” Herdman said. “Law enforcement did a tremendous job in dismantling these organizations.”

Officials allege that Burton purchased cocaine from other suppliers, cooked it into crack cocaine and sold it to other dealers, including Nowell, in the Mansfield area. Burton owned a home in the neighborhood, where he ran his drug operations, according to authorities. It is believed he also purchased “large amounts of heroin” from other dealers. 

Burton and others in the indictment used guns to protect the drug trafficking dealings, Herdman said. 

Burton and Nowell were due in front of a U.S. magistrate judge in Atlanta on Wednesday.

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