- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - The accused leader of a northern West Virginia drug ring has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II says 38-year-old Brian Schultz headed a network that distributed prescription painkillers and cocaine in northern West Virginia and Belmont County, Ohio.

Schultz pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Wheeling to one count of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. The Triadelphia resident faces up to 20 years in prison.

Fourteen other members of the drug ring have been convicted, including a former Ohio County elementary school guidance counselor.

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