UPDATE: Former Detroit Cop Turned "Drug Kingpen" Sentenced to 17 Years

By: Dale Johnson, WSAZ News Staff, The Associated Press Email
By: Dale Johnson, WSAZ News Staff, The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 9/22/14
ATHENS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A former Detroit police officer, who investigators call a "drug kingpen," has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Brandon Jorge Allen, 29, of Detroit, was arrested in July in Atlanta, trying to flee the country.

He was accused of running a drug ring, centered in Glouster, Ohio.

Last Friday, Allen pleaded guilty to 10 counts of aggravated trafficking drugs, one count of possession of drugs, and one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

He was sentenced to 17 years behind bars.

“Justice was done today,” said Blackburn. “Drug traffickers everywhere should know that there will be severe consequences for those who send drugs into our community. Mr. Allen’s conviction today sends a strong message. We’re fighting back.”

Five others connected to this drug ring have been sentenced.



UPDATE 8/11/14 @ 7:40 p.m.
ATHENS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The former Detroit Police officer who prosecutors say orchestrated a $3 million prescription drug ring in southeastern Ohio was ordered held on $12 million bond.

Brandon Jorge Allen, 29, of Detroit was arraigned Monday on a 12-count indictment during a hearing in Athens County Common Pleas Court.

The indictment charges him with one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and 11 counts aggravated trafficking in drugs, primarily oxycodone.

Allen’s attorney stood mute, entering a guilty plea to all the counts during the hearing. The judge then set the $12 million bond.

If Allen posts bond, he will required to surrender his passport since he already tried to flee the country once.

Athens County Prosecuting Attorney Keller Blackburn says he found out through Homeland Security that the plane ticket was bought three days prior to the flight.

Allen was arrested July 25 at Atlanta's Hartsford International Airport as he boarded a flight to the Dominican Republic. It was the same day he was indicted.

Prosecutors say Allen is the Detroit connection who supplied drugs to a ring operating out of Glouster, Ohio. They say the drug ring started in 2009 and that Allen chose Athens County because it was a "gold mine."

“There was such a need for drugs down here and his ability to distribute it,” Blackburn said. “He’s allegedly selling these drugs at $22 a piece, three and four thousand pills at a time. That’s a large profit margin for him.”

Allen’s attorney offered a few words to WSAZ.com after the arraignment.

“I’m very confident and very positive about what could have otherwise be a bad situation,” Todd Perkins said.

When asked about the allegations, Perkins said he knows the severity of them.

“I have not yet received discovery, I know the allegations themselves are very serious,” he said. “We take these things very seriously. We look to bring positive increase in his life from this point forward.”

The investigation into that ring has also resulted in charges being filed against more than a dozen people.

Three of those people have already pleaded guilty to drug crimes. They are John Casey Metcalf, Bert C. Sharrer and Kendra Sharrer.

Kendra Sharrer was sentenced to three mandatory years in prison and five years of Community Control after her release. Bert C. Sharrer will be sentenced Aug. 25.

Prior to the dismantling of the organization, it was starting to reach surrounding counties.

“We arrested someone who was in Meigs County who had not even come to Athens county to sell drugs, he was only buying them from Allen,” Blackburn said.

That man has been indicted for selling oxycodone pills, but was also involved in heroin trafficking.

“Recently three individuals from Detroit were arrested for heroin in Meigs and Gallia counties,” Blackburn said. “So we believe this is all connected.”

Blackburn says hopefully this will send a message to Detroit.

“We're not going to allow individuals from other states to distribute drugs down here to make profit so they can live in their other state,” he said. “We're going to go after them wherever they are.”

Allen was a Detroit Police officer from 2004 until the time he was suspended in 2008.

Blackburn said Allen was convicted of extortion after he took $500 from a clerk in exchange for not charging him with a crime.

Blackburn also said Allen spent one day in jail for that crime and was required to take part in a training video for the Detroit Police Department.

His next court appearance is Sept. 15.

Allen is being held in the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail.



UPDATE 8/11/14 @2:30 p.m.
ATHENS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The former Detroit Police officer who prosecutors say orchestrated a $3 million prescription drug ring in southeastern Ohio was ordered held on $12 million bond.

Brandon Jorge Allen, 29, of Detroit was arraigned on 12-count indictment during a hearing Monday afternoon in Athens County Common Pleas Court.

The indictment charges him with one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and 11 counts aggravated trafficking in drugs.

Allen pleaded not guilty to all the counts during the hearing. The judge then set the $12 million bond.

If Allen posts bond, he will required to surrender his passport since he already tried to flee the country once

Allen was arrested July 25 at Atlanta’s airport as he boarded a flight to the Dominican Republic. It was the same day he was indicted.

Prosecutors say Allen is the Detroit connection who supplied drugs to a ring operating out of Glouster, Ohio. They say the drug ring started in 2009 and that Allen chose Athens County because it was a “gold mine.”

The investigation into that ring has also resulted in charges being filed against more than a dozen individuals

Allen was a Detroit officer for four years. Prosecutors say he was suspended for allegedly bribing a witness.

His next court appearance is September 15.

Allen is being held in the Southeastern Regional Jail.



UPDATE 8/8/14
ATHENS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The former Detroit Police officer who prosecutors say orchestrated a $3 million prescription drug ring in southeastern Ohio will be in court Monday.

Brandon Jorge Allen, 29, was returned to Athens, Ohio Thursday. Allen was arrested July 25 at Atlanta’s airport as he was trying to flee the county.

It was the same day that a grand jury returned a 12-count indictment against Allen.

The indictment charges him with one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and 11 counts aggravated trafficking in drugs.

Following a series of drug arrests in Athens County over the last several months, investigators from the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office followed a series of leads which led them to the Detroit source of the drug pipeline into Athens County.

The investigation included the arrest of eight people in May.

During a search of Allen’s residence in Detroit, prosecutors say they seized several cell phones, a 2014 Mercedes Benz (valued over $100,000.00), a cash counting machine, receipts for large cash purchases, and other items.

“Allen’s arrival in Athens should send a strong message to drug dealers, no matter where they are,” said Prosecutor Keller Blackburn. “We may be a small county in Appalachia, but our community is committed to fighting back against those who seek to profit by promoting drug abuse and addiction in our region.”

Allen is being held in the Southeastern Regional Jail.

One of the people connected to that drug ring operating out of Glouster was sentenced Thursday.

Kendra Rania Sharrer, 22, of Glouster, was sentenced to 3 years in prison after pleading guilty toengaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, aggravated possession of drugs, and tampering with evidence,



ORIGINAL STORY 7/28/14
ATHENS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A former Detroit Police Officer who prosecutors say orchestrated a $3 million drug ring that sold illegal prescription painkillers in southeastern Ohio, has agreed to be extradited back to Athens County, Ohio.

Brandon Jorge Allen, 29, was arrested on Friday at Atlanta’s Hartsfield Airport.

Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn says a grand jury returned a 12-count indictment against Allen on Friday.

Prosecutor Blackburn says the arrest is the result of a major investigation initiated by the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office following drug roundups in Glouster, Ohio over the last several months.

Blackburn says the investigation led through Toledo, to the State of Michigan and ultimately to Atlanta where Allen was trying to flee the country.

The prosecutor also says the investigation followed the arrest of eight people in May.

Blackburn says he and his staff also traveled to South Carolina to collect intelligence in the case and were in Detroit on Friday to help execute a search warrant on Allen’s residence.

He says during the search, several cell phones, a 2014 Mercedes Benz (valued over $100,000.00), a cash counting machine, receipts for large cash purchases, and other evidentary items were found.

“This is an unprecedented investigation that has gone to the source of Oxycodone coming into Southeastern Ohio,” said Prosecutor Blackburn. “We are going to change the culture and return hope to our communities.”

Blackburn says instigators tracked Allen to the Atlanta airport using social media.


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