Federal Officials Make 15 Arrests in Des Moines Gang and Drug Investigation


Marshaun Merrett, Freddie Frencher, Marcus Hunt, Jose Sanchez, Conrad Taylor, Cornelius Pope

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DES MOINES, Iowa  —  Online court records show federal law enforcement officials believe they’ve taken down the leaders of a gang operating in the Des Moines area.

An FBI Task Force is seeking charges against 15 individuals.  The are being charged with Conspiracy to Distribute at Least 500 Grams of Cocaine and Distribution of Controlled Substances.

The suspects are:

  • Daeron Merrett
  • Marshaun Merrett
  • Johnnathan Frencher
  • Freddie Frencher
  • Marcus Hunt
  • Cordney Smith
  • Barry Adair, Jr
  • Jose Sanchez
  • Conrad Taylor
  • Jhamel Booker
  • Cornelius Pope
  • Peter Cooper, Jr
  • Walter Burgs
  • Antowan Taylor
  • Paul Castelline

An affidavit filed in federal court in Des Moines accuses Daeron Merrett, Marshaun Merrett and Barry Adair Jr. of leading the ‘C-Block’ gang in Des Moines.  The gang is accused of numerous murders, shootings and robberies in recent years.

The FBI has previously announced a press conference on Thursday to address a major law enforcement action.



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