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Investigation nets 12 arrest warrants

From staff reports

ATHENS, Ohio — A 17-month collaborative drug trafficking investigation resulted in 12 federal arrest warrants for individuals living in Franklin and Athens counties.

The collaborative investigation was between the Fairfield-Athens Major Crimes Unit, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Four of the charged individuals reside in Franklin County, while the other eight reside in Athens County, Athens County Sheriff Rodney Scott said in a press release.

On April 13, the three law enforcement offices, along with the Athens County Sheriff’s Office, executed the arrest warrants.

The 12 individuals were charged federally with conspiracy to possess or distribute over 100 grams of heroin, which carries a minimum mandatory five-year sentence, and a maximum 40-year sentence.

Smith stated traffickers and users from Athens County drove to Columbus, sometimes daily, to bring back large quantities of heroin for use and sale in Athens County and surrounding areas.

The press release noted that due to a continuation of this investigation, details must be limited.

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