A Chula Vista man is among eight people charged for their roles in a drug trafficking conspiracy to distribute more than 1,300 pounds of cocaine throughout Northeast Ohio. 

According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Jesse Bojorquez, 38, was arrested in January due to charges tied to a criminal complaint with Marc Mahoney, 43, of North Royalton, and Hosea Lock, 53, of Cleveland. ​​Authorities charged Bojorquez with an additional count of interstate travel in aid of racketeering. 

The indictment led law enforcement authorities with the United States Marshals Service to arrest Jerome McGinns, 47, of Cleveland, Ohio, Marquis Glenn, 36, of South Euclid, Ohio, Deshon Knowles, 38, of Ashtabula, Ohio, and Sammy Abraham, 60, of Cleveland, Ohio.

Desmond Smith, 31, of Westlake, Ohio was arrested on May 18, for charges alleged in a separate criminal complaint. He is charged with additional counts of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine base, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. 

Prosecutors say each defendant is charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances and use of a communications facility to facilitate a drug trafficking offense. 

According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Mahoney is charged with additional counts of conspiracy to launder monetary instruments and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Prosecutors cite court documents that alleged Mohoney obtained large quantities of cocaine from Mexico from January 2019 to May 2022. He then redistributed the drugs to Lock, McGinnis, Glenn, and Smith to redistribute in Northeast Ohio.

Smith further distributed cocaine and cocaine base to defendants Knowles and Abraham. The U.S. Attorney’s office said nearly $20 million in proceeds was returned to Mahoney, which was sent back to Mexico. 

According to the indictment, Mahoney delivered $2,399,585.00 of cocaine sales proceeds on Jan.20 to Bojorquez, in Cleveland, Ohio, for transportation back to Mexico. The indictment also alleges that Mohoney conspired with Rueben Schwartz, 49, of Conneaut, Ohio, to purchase properties in Conneaut with cash derived from drug trafficking activities.

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