Warren man tied to fed drug case found
WARREN — A Warren man who was part of a multi-count federal drug indictment did not appear for a bond forfeiture hearing Tuesday in his state drug-related criminal case.
William Fred Crenshaw, 36, who last gave a Webb Street, Warren address, was scheduled for a bond forfeiture hearing before Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Andrew D. Logan. Court officials said they have tracked Crenshaw’s whereabouts to Tennessee.
Logan had issued a warrant for Crenshaw’s arrest after he did not appear in court for a Sept. 1, 2020, pre-trial hearing on charges of aggravated possession of drugs, possession of cocaine and tampering with evidence.
Crenshaw is also wanted by federal authorities to answer six counts of a multiple-count drug case that includes 10 other Trumbull County men.
Federal court records show Crenshaw — also known as “Jay” — is charged with conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, fentanyl, fentanyl analogues, and heroin; two counts distribution of crack; possession with intent to distribute crack; and possession with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl; plus a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Three Warren men — Marcus “Dub” Williams, 27, Randall “June Bug” Morgan, 34, and Matthew “Swag” Cavin, 30, all earlier this month pleaded guilty to various charges involving the drug operation that involved narcotics and opioids. Sentencing for Williams and Morgan are scheduled for June 2 before federal Judge Christopher Boyko, while Cavin’s sentencing is set for June 8.
Other cases are pending against Vincent Richardson, 28, of Warren; Del’reno Armstrong, 22, of Warren; Sean King, 33, of Warren; Kvonn Watson, 26, of Warren; Stashon Williams, 35, of Niles; Jalissa Morgan, 38, of Warren; and Aubrey Adams, 38, of Warren.
According to Sept. 10, 2020, news release, then-U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said one of the drug deals included in the indictments led to a fatal overdose.
“This group of individuals brought danger, illegal drugs, and violence to our communities,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric B. Smith.
According to court documents, from March 2019 to February 2020, Richardson is accused of leading a drug-trafficking organization in the Youngstown-Warren areas with the other 10 listed in the indictment. The indictment states that Richardson supplied the narcotics, and other members of the organization conspired to facilitate their drug distribution in the area.
The investigation preceding the indictments was conducted by the DEA, FBI, Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force, Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force, the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office and its Trumbull Action Group, and the Warren and Youngstown police departments. Also assisting was the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office.