LOUISVILLE, KY. – A federal grand jury in Louisville, Kentucky returned an Indictment charging Andre Ross, Robert Ross, Cory Ross, and Seiko Ross, all of Louisville, with violations of federal drug and firearms laws.
According to the Indictment Andre Ross, age 45, Cory Ross, age 29, Robert Ross, age 27, and Seiko Ross, age 37, are charged with Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine, also known as “crack.” Andre Ross, Cory Ross, Robert Ross, and Seiko Ross are also individually charged with possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Andre Ross, Robert Ross, and Seiko Ross are also individually charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
If convicted at trial, the defendants face a minimum of 5 years in prison, a maximum sentence of life, a maximum $1,000,000 fine, and not more than 5 years of supervised release.
The Indictment follows the filing of Criminal Complaints on August 13, 2021, charging Andre Ross, Robert Ross, and Cory Ross with possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, and possession of a firearm during and in relation to a federal drug trafficking crime.
According to the Criminal Complaints, on Thursday, August 12th, Detectives with the Louisville Metro Police Department’s Major Case Team and Special Agents from the Louisville FBI Safe Streets Task Force executed federal search warrants which included the following locations in the Newburg neighborhood:
During the execution of the search warrants, law enforcement officers recovered 17 firearms, including assault rifles, handguns, and shotguns, a large quantity of ammunition, as well as approximately 1200 grams of various suspected illegal controlled substances.
Andre Ross, Robert Ross, and Cory Ross are in federal custody. Seiko Ross is currently in the custody of the Louisville Metropolitan Department of Corrections.
“The charges set forth in the Indictment are the result of the ongoing work of LMPD and the strong working relationships it maintains with our federal law enforcement agencies,” stated Acting U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett. “This type of collaboration is crucial as we continue to focus our efforts on the most significant drivers of violence in Louisville.”
“FBI Louisville is committed to helping reduce the unacceptable level of violence that is plaguing our city. These arrests should send a loud and clear message to violent criminals that the FBI Safe Streets Task Force will deploy its collective strength to ensure the safety and security of our neighborhoods,” said Acting Special Agent in Edward J. Gray of the FBI’s Louisville Field Office. “This is just the beginning.”
LMPD’s Chief Erika Shields commented, “The culmination of this joint, targeted investigation has resulted in some of the most violent offenders being taken off the city’s streets. LMPD is grateful to have such strong federal partnerships and looks forward to further dismantling organized criminal activity.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Dyke is prosecuting the case. The case is being investigated by the FBI and LMPD.
The FBI Safe Streets Task Force consists of investigators from Louisville Metro Police Department, Nelson County Sheriff’s Office, Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office, and FBI Louisville. Special Agents from FBI Knoxville and FBI Indianapolis also assisted in yesterday’s operation.
An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.
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