Leader of Youngstown Area Drug Trafficking Conspiracy Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison

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Acting U.S. Attorney Michelle M. Baeppler announced that Korey K. Moody, 36, of Youngstown, Ohio, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Donald C. Nugent to 12 years in prison after Moody pleaded guilty to leading a drug trafficking conspiracy that sought to distribute cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, fentanyl analogues and methamphetamine.  Moody was one of nine individuals charged in a fifty-nine-count indictment with drug trafficking in the Youngstown area.  

According to court documents, from July 2019 to December 2019, Moody supplied heroin, fentanyl, fentanyl analogues, cocaine, and methamphetamine to other members of the conspiracy for distribution in the areas around Youngstown.  Court documents state that Moody received his drug supply from individuals in Michigan and, in turn, provided the drugs to other members of the conspiracy for redistribution.

Court documents go on to state that members of the conspiracy used cell phones and code words such as “man,” “girl,” “boy,” “hardware,” “onion” and others to facilitate their drug trafficking activities.  

Prior to this conviction, Moody was previously convicted of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

As part of the plea agreement for this case, Moody has agreed to forfeit a 2014 Jaguar F Type Convertible, a 2016 Dodge Durango, a diamond bracelet, a Rolex watch and a yellow gold chain purchased with drug trafficking proceeds.

Acting United States Attorney Michelle M. Baeppler, FBI Special Agent in Charge Eric B. Smith and Bryant Jackson and Roland H. Herndon, Jr., Special Agent in Charge of ATF’s Columbus Field Division, made the announcement.

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This case was investigated by the FBI, ATF and Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Yasmine Makridis.