- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - The prosecutor’s office in Cleveland says 15 people have been indicted by a grand jury for allegedly running an organized prescription drug ring that spanned six counties in northeastern Ohio.

The Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County prosecutor’s office said Thursday that the ring operated by stealing blank prescription pads or creating counterfeit prescriptions, then sending others to fill them in pharmacies. The drivers or “mules” were paid in cash and narcotics.

The ring allegedly distributed at least 5,000 pills obtained illegally, and operated from December 2012 through October 2014 in Cuyahoga, Ashland, Lake, Lorain, Medina and Wayne counties.

Charges in the 206-count indictment include racketeering, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, corrupting another with drugs, illegal possession of drug documents and others.

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