- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - State and local officials say a 126-count indictment targets 17 people who took part in a northeast Ohio drug ring.

The investigation announced Tuesday charged the suspects with taking part in a drug-trafficking organization in Stark County. Charges include engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, trafficking in heroin, and conspiracy to traffic.

Arrests warrants have been issued for the 17 individuals, and most are in custody.

Authorities launched the investigation in the spring of 2014, identifying an organization trafficking heroin to northeast Ohio from Detroit and New York.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine created a heroin unit in 2013 after statistics showed an increasing rate of heroin overdose deaths across the state.


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