Fri. 12:30 p.m.: Seven face federal drug charges

YOUNGSTOWN – Seven people were indicted in federal court, accused of conspiracy to distribute heroin, fentanyl, cocaine and crack cocaine around Youngstown and Girard, along with Farrell, Pennsylvania, U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman and DEA Special Agent in Charge Timothy Plancon announced this morning.

Named in the 39-count indictment are: Cedis R. Martin, 31, of Warren; Zachary E. Bradford, 36, of Girard; Adham Aburhma, 23, of Youngstown; Prentice Miller, 29, of Grove City, Penn.; Eric Murray, 31, of Farrell, Penn.; Ashley Allison, 31, of Grove City, Penn., and Amanda Walker, 23, of New Castle, Penn.

All seven defendants are accused of conspiring from February 2015 through this April to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute fentanyl, heroin, cocaine and crack cocaine.

The indictment alleges that Martin supplied cocaine to Murray for distribution, heroin to Bradford and Miller for distribution and supplied fentanyl to Aburahma for distribution, all in the Youngstown and Farrell areas.

Allison and Walker transported heroin from suppliers to Martin for distribution.

The seven used cell phones, code words and phrases in their drug trafficking activities, federal authorities allege.

The investigation was handled by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Girard Police and Pennsylvania State Police. It is being prosecuted in U.S. District Court by Assistant United States Attorney David M. Toepfer.