A Warren man agents said was linked to a local crime ring with ties to Detroit has changed his plea in federal court from not guilty to guilty.
Ahmen McCollum, 28, is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 19. He reversed his plea Thursday in U.S. Northern District Court in Cleveland.
McCollum was part of a mass roundup in April 17 predominately targeting the Warren area, of individuals indicted on various federal and state drug and weapons charges. He is accused of being part of a conspiracy involving Valentino Thomas Sr., 41, and Derrick Peete, 23, of Detroit. According to court documents, Thomas, who turned himself in days after the crime sweep, and Peete, who was already in jail waiting to go on trial for murder, are accused of obtaining drugs in Detroit and selling them to Anthony L. Ector, 29, of Warren, to distribute to 18 street dealers, including McCollum.
In April, 19 federal indictments were unsealed charging 55 people with various violations of federal narcotics and weapons charges in Warren and the surrounding area. At the same time, 42 people were charged in state court.
Within a few days, most of the people charged had been arrested or turned themselves in. Most of them are now working their way through the justice system, appearing for pretrial hearings or other court proceedings.