Cleveland police and the FBI are working together to address Cleveland’s gun problem.
In a news conference Wednesday, they announced the indictments of eight suspects today during “Operation Brownstone.”
The sting targeted a group allegedly selling guns illegally to street gang members. Forty guns were seized during the operation — however, none of these weapons are believed to have been connected to deadly violence in the city.
Indicted in seven separate indictments are: Joyce E. Minter, 50, of Cleveland; Arllie Joe Jones, 68, of Cleveland; Darryl W. Thompson, 41, of Cleveland; Richard Smith, 59, of Cleveland Heights; Joseph L. Moore, 25, of Cleveland; Brian Abernathy, 33, of Cleveland; Christopher Scott, 32, of Cleveland, and Thomas L. Scott, 31, of Cleveland.
These indictments are the result of an undercover operation targeting the illegal sale of firearms and narcotics in Cleveland’s 4th Police District, on the city’s southeast side.
These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Daniel J. Riedl, Marisa Darden and Matthew B. Kall following an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Northern Ohio Law Enforcement Task Force.
Charges against additional defendants are expected to be filed in state court in coming weeks.