- Associated Press - Monday, February 10, 2014

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say 15 people have been charged with distributing tens of thousands of prescription painkillers in the Ohio Valley area of West Virginia.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II announced the unsealing of an 83-count indictment on Monday. It alleges the powerful painkiller oxycodone and other prescription drugs were funneled into West Virginia from northern Ohio and Detroit.

The government identified the lead defendant as Brian Schultz, a 37-year-old Triadelphia man. He was charged with conspiracy counts involving distribution of controlled substances and interstate travel in aid of racketeering, among other charges.

The U.S. attorney’s office says it is seeking the forfeiture of possessions owned by Schultz and a money judgment against him and others totaling $450,000.

No one answered at a phone listing for Schultz in Triadelphia.

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