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22-year-old called high level dealer arrested

CINCINNATI (Deb Dixon) -- The case against Lionell Coleman is complex.

It involves home sin several different neighborhoods in two counties.  Police say he ran his drug operation like a business, a violent kind of business.  At 22-years-old, Coleman was able to work his way up to a mid to upper level position.

Lionell Coleman took off in his car Monday morning  when he knew police were after him.  He sped on I-75 then he bailed out and ran after wrecking into several cars.  Coleman didn't get far.  He was arrested for selling heroin, but the Coleman case is about much  more than that.

"I recognize the facts it sounds terrible but he just about always show up for court ask for a 150,000 dollar bond," his lawyer told the courts.

 More like a 422,000 dollar bond after prosecutors told the judge about Coleman's history of violence and the eight new charges including trafficking in heroin.

"He's a mid to upper level dealer supplier in community; major impact on drug sales, violence, quality of life for good people in the community," Capt. Jeff Butler of the Cincinnati Police said.

The drug trafficking part of the investigation started in Evanston but before Coleman's arrest Monday.  There were three simultaneous search warrants from Meadowood Drive in Amelia to Chalfonte Place in Avondale.

One of the search warrants was at a gated community in Carthage where, according to documents, Coleman sold drugs.  Also according to documents two guns were in the apartment.

Folden says Coleman probably could have been a CEO if he'd used his business sense in a different way, "Not only is he damaging other people, his own life is damaged."

This story does not end with Coleman's arrest.  He is linked to a group or gang.  Captain Butler said members of the organization may soon be Coleman's cellmates.

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