Arrests hit heroin trade in SE Ohio

Published 10:20 am Tuesday, June 30, 2015


ATHENS (AP) — Authorities in southeastern Ohio say a series of arrests have put a dent in the region’s heroin trade.

The Athens County Prosecutor’s Office on Monday announced felony charges against 14 people alleged to have been involved in a heroin ring that has been operating since 2011, bringing drugs from Columbus to Athens.

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The defendants were either arrested Monday or were already in jail on dozens of charges that included possession and trafficking in heroin, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and tampering with evidence. They range in age from 22 to 53.

Prosecutors said the ring recently started dealing in cocaine.

The investigation involved multiple agencies.