COLUMBUS, Ohio — After a years-long investigation by a task force of the Ohio Organized Crime Investigation Commission, four Columbus residents have been charged in connection with a trafficking operation.
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced the charges Thursday.
Numerous tips have been received by the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force regarding a possible human trafficking and drug trafficking ring on the west side of Columbus. The investigation identified 27 potential victims of human trafficking.
Over $2,000,000 in narcotics, $208,733 in cash and five firearms were seized at the end of the investigation.
On October 5, the Franklin County Grand Jury charged four co-accused on 44 felony charges for criminal activity that occurred from 2018 to 2022.
Jami Marie Sherill, 33, and Anthony Eugene Tyrone Rogers (aka Antonio E. Rogers), 36, have been charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activities and multiple counts of trafficking and possession of a compound related to fentanyl; trafficking and possession of cocaine; human trafficking; coercing into prostitution and promoting prostitution, according to a Press release.
Ezra Reuben Bowers, 45, has been charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activities.
Crystal Layne Tippie, 36, has been charged with engaging in a pattern of bribery, trafficking in a fentanyl-related compound, possession of a fentanyl-related compound, trafficking in cocaine and possession of cocaine.
Sherill and Bowers are in custody. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Rogers or Tippie should contact the Columbus Police Division at 614-645-4545.
Indictments are criminal allegations. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty by a court.