Tevaughn “Big Baby” Darling has been identified as a major heroin distributor on the east side of Cleveland. In fact, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office has dubbed him “a kingpin in the local heroin trafficking market.” He has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of trafficking, drug possession, possessing criminal tools, tampering with evidence and conspiracy. Darling, whose rap sheet goes back 18 years, has also been implicated in a shooting at a local barbershop that left three people dead and three more injured.
Darling isn’t accused of pulling the trigger, but giving the order to have the blood spilled. Darling was supposedly robbed in January, and allegedly ordered Douglas “Lil’ Duke” Shine, Jr., 20, to go get some comeuppance at the Chalk Linez barbershop in February, where Walter Lee Barfield, 23; William Gonzalez, 32; and Brandon White, 31, were killed. Police say that Shine
went in targeting one person and the others were shot unintentionally. Shine was apprehended by the Cleveland SWAT team, gang unit and the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force a little more than a week later. He was wanted for another shooting earlier in the day. The last report about Shine was that he pleaded not guilty and was being held on $5 million bond.
The buck may not stop for Darling or Shine at the Chalk Linez mass shooting. In June, a man slated to testify in the barbershop murder case was found dead with a gunshot wound.
Darling is being held in Cuyahoga County Jail on $500,000 bail. Indicted alongside him were his associates, Duane Washington, 44; Erica M. Crawford, 33; and Terri Buckner, 36.