32 People Indicted in Heroin Ring Bust: Operation Lakeshore
Today, federal, county and city officials announced the indictment of 32 individuals wanted for their roles in heroin and crack cocaine sales throughout eastside communities. The offenses occurred throughout the City of Cleveland’s northeast portion and in the City of Euclid. Most of the suspects are affiliated with the East Side gang known as the Lakeshore Boyz. The cases are the result of a yearlong investigation by the Northern Ohio Law Enforcement Task Force, which includes members of the FBI, the Cleveland Division of Police, and the Cuyahoga County Sherriff’s Office, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, Drug Enforcement Administration and the Euclid Police department, amongst other law enforcement agencies.
These arrests are a result of the continuation of the investigation relating to last month’s indictment of 92 individuals on drug trafficking charges in the same neighborhoods. “This case is a demonstration of law enforcement working together to improve neighborhoods in Northeast Ohio,” said United States Attorney Steven M. Dettelbach. “The arrests of the 32 individuals are testament to our commitment to the residents of our communities to get drug dealers off of our streets. Along with our law enforcement partners and the community we will continue to do our best to stop drug traffickers from selling their poison in our neighborhoods,” said Michael McGrath Chief of the Cleveland Division of Police.
The Cleveland Division of Police is asking for the public’s help in locating a male missing from the west side of Cleveland. Jose Garcia 60, was reported missing from 3896 W. 36th Street by his caregiver. Garcia does not speak English and is currently being treated for dementia. Further, he does not know the area and has never left the house on his own in the past. Jose Garcia is described as a Hispanic male 5’8”, 200 lbs., grey hair and brown eyes, wearing light colored pants, short sleeved white shirt with pink stripes and brown shoes.
Cleveland Police learned of Garcia’s missing status today at approximately 4:00 p.m., when his caregiver checked his room and he was not there. He was last seen today at 12:30 p.m., at home watching television. Numerous checks with neighbors as well as area hospitals and shelters have failed to turn up any signs of Mr. Garcia.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jose Garcia is asked to call the Cleveland Division of Police Second District by phoning 216.623.5200.