14 accused in Detroit-to-West Virginia heroin ring

9 suspects in custody, 5 more being sought


DETROIT –  Fourteen people have been charged with roles in a heroin trafficking operation from Detroit to West Virginia.

U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld II said federal indictments unsealed Tuesday allege that a group of individuals from Detroit traveled to Morgantown to operate a heroin distribution ring in 2014 and 2015.

Nine defendants were arrested Tuesday, including five from Detroit, three from Morgantown and another from Miami, Florida.

Those arrested are:

  • Draylon Eric Beecham, also known as “Wood,” 40, of Detroit
  • Keith Antonio Cohens, also known as “Jay,” 34, of Detroit
  • James Leon Fisher, also known as “D,” 29, of Detroit
  • Craig S. Coffee, also known as “Mack,” 48, of Detroit
  • An unidentified individual known as “Mac,” of Detroit
  • Michaelo Merone, 30, of Miami, Florida
  • Daniel Ross Sims, 26, of Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Debra Bolden, 45, of Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Justin Donald Myers, 36, of Morgantown, West Virginia

The following suspects are still being sought.

  • Darrin Lawrence Broadnax, also known as “Silk,” 48, of Detroit
  • Romelle DeShaun Stevens, also known as “Bishop,” 26, of Detroit
  • Jeffrey Allen Motley, also known as “G,” 24, of Detroit
  • Robert Tucker, also known as “Diego,” 22, of Detroit
  • Ryan Hayworth, 21, of Mullens, West Virginia

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the suspects is encouraged to contact the United States Marshals Service at 304-623-0486.