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Six people indicted on heroin charges

Dec. 10, 2012 @ 11:23 PM

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio -- A federal grand jury has indicted six people on charges they conspired to transport heroin from Cincinnati to Portsmouth and distribute it in Scioto County, according to a news release.

Five of the defendants were arrested last in Portsmouth, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Carter M. Stewart. The case was presented to a grand jury following a five-month investigation, according to the release.

Named in the indictments were:

Peggy Chaffin, also known as Pegg Shubert, 33, of Portsmouth.

Shakira A. Walker, also known as "Magic," 22, of Cincinnati.

Antonio Spikes, also known as "T.O.", 23, of Cincinnati.

Desmond Jenkins, also known as "Sonny," 25, of Cincinnati.

Rakeem Blair, also known as "Skeems," 20, of Cincinnati.

Michael Crawford, also known as "Bags," 34, of Cincinnati.

All six were charged with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin, one count of distribution of more than 100 grams of heroin and one count of operating a drug premises, according to the release.

The first two charges carry prison sentences of from five to 40 years upon conviction. The charge of operating a drug premises carries a maximum sentence, upon conviction, of 20 years in prison.

Blair remains at large, according to the release.

Chaffin, Walker, Spikes and Crawford were ordered held without bond following a court appearance last week before U.S. District Judge Michael R. Barrett. No trial date has been set. Jenkins was placed on electronic monitoring, according to the release.

(An indictment is a formal charge made against a person by a grand jury. It does not establish guilt or innocence.)

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