- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - Officials say more than four dozen people have been charged in a conspiracy to bring heroin to the northeast Ohio city of Youngstown.

Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that 16 people were indicted by a federal grand jury for their alleged roles in the conspiracy, and another 37 people were charged in state court with counts related to drug trafficking.

Steven M. Dettelbach, the chief federal prosecutor for northeast Ohio, said the defendants worked to bring heroin in used Youngtown and used guns in the process.

The 119-count federal indictment plus state charges came after a two-year investigation into drug trafficking in the region. The indictment says the defendants conspired to possess and distribute heroin between January 2012 and the end of last month.

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