Gang task force conducts raids across Portland metro area

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PORTLAND, Ore. - The Metro Gang Task Force raided several sites across the Portland area early Wednesday morning, arresting at least 10 people on federal charges that include conspiracy to distribute cocaine and money launder.

The alleged criminal activity took place between April 9, 2013 and Dec. 30, 2013, according to court documents.

Prosecutors accuse Daniel Devon Harden, a.k.a. Deuce, of obtaining large amounts of cocaine with the intent to distribute the drugs in Oregon.

Terrell Jerome Penney is accused of distributing cocaine to Harden for purposes of further distribution across Oregon.

Prosecutors say Isaac Symone Harden Sr., Daniel Harden's brother, would travel to California to obtain kilogram quantities of cocaine for members of the conspiracy.

Other suspects arrested Wednesday are accused of acting as "middlemen" to facilitate the distribution of cocaine to Harden, and using residences to receive, possess, conceal and package the cocaine for distribution.

The conspirators communicated on cellphones, using coded language to arrange drug sales.

In addition to both the Hardens and Penney, Andre Deron Pennington, Leonardo Urzua-Sanchez, Bessie Ann Spearman, Catrinna Renee Moore, Lynn Thomas and Caitlyn Christina Jackson were indicted on conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Harden Sr. and Henry Brogdon are accused of conspiracy to commit money laundering in August 2012 when they used alleged drug money to purchase a Harley Davidson motorcycle.

Prosecutors say Brogdon also used drug money to obtain an $8,000 cashier's check to buy another motorcycle.

Brogdon was wounded in a shooting in the 3700 block of Northeast Rodney Avenue Saturday night.

The Portland Police Bureau announced Wednesday night that the bureau's Gang Enforcement Team detectives had also arrested Daniel Harden on attempted murder and assault charges.  He's suspected of stabbing another man September 28th inside Northeast Portland's Conga Club nightclub.

Penney and Urzua-Sanchez appeared in U.S. District Court in Portland Wednesday afternoon. Each pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine. A trial date is set for March.