The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

April 23, 2013

Hermitage man caught in Ohio sweep of drugs, guns


HERMITAGE — A Hermitage man is one of 97 people charged recently by federal and state officials for drug and firearm sales in and around Warren, Ohio.

Timothy Hooks, 45, was indicted April 10 by a federal grand jury with four others. He was charged with distribution of crack cocaine and conspiracy to possess crack with intent to distribute.

On Nov. 2, an undercover policeman, one of two who regularly bought cocaine from Hooks’ alleged co-conspirators, bought about 1 1/4 ounces of crack from Hooks and Darnell Defrance, 26, of Warren, Ohio, the indictment said.

During the deal, Defrance and Hooks discussed money and drugs with Defrance talking about how hard it was making money from selling crack, according to the indictment. Hooks was arraigned Wednesday and pleaded not guilty. He waived a detention hearing Monday, agreeing to remain in federal custody until trial.