3 found guilty of trafficking drugs throughout Toledo area

Staff Writer

A federal jury last week convicted Antuan Wynn, 47, of Toledo, Marquise Figures, 37, of Wayne, Ohio, and Christopher Simpson, 31, of Toledo, of participating in a drug trafficking conspiracy that distributed large quantities of cocaine, cocaine base (crack) and fentanyl throughout the Toledo area.
Wynn, Figures and Simpson were convicted of participating in a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of controlled substances and use of a cell phone to facilitate a drug trafficking felony, following a seven-day trial before U.S. District Judge Jack Zouhary in Toledo.
According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, from December 2019 to November 2021, Wynn, Figures and Simpson were part of a larger drug trafficking organization that possessed and distributed quantities of at least five kilograms of cocaine, at least 400 grams of fentanyl and quantities of crack cocaine throughout the Toledo area.
Evidence presented during the trial showed that Wynn supplied co-conspirator Anthony Duff with substantial quantities of cocaine, which Duff then redistributed to other conspiracy members, including the defendant Figures.
In addition, prosecutors presented evidence that Simpson supplied other members of the conspiracy with quantities of fentanyl intended to be redistributed.
According to court documents, the three defendants used cell phones to communicate and facilitate their drug trafficking activity. In order to conceal their identity from law enforcement, court documents state that the defendants and other co-conspirators obtained cell phones using fictitious names, the names of others or no names at all.
Court documents also showed that the conspirators used various locations around the Toledo area to distribute, store, break down and package narcotics and the proceeds generated from the sale of narcotics.
Wynn, Figures, and Simpson were charged along with 19 other co-conspirators, the rest of whom pleaded guilty to their involvement.
Wynn, Figures, and Simpson will be sentenced at a later date.
This case was investigated by the Toledo Resident Agency of the Cleveland FBI Safe Streets Task Force, Toledo Metro Drug Task Force and the Northwest Ohio Interdiction Task Force.
The FBI Safe Streets is comprised of the Toledo Resident Agency of the Cleveland FBI, Toledo Police Department, Sylvania Township Police Department and the Oregon Police Department.
The Toledo Metro Drug Task Force is comprised of the Toledo Resident Agency of the Cleveland FBI, Toledo Police Department, Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI), Lucas County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).


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