- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say seven people from Ohio and West Virginia have been charged in a heroin trafficking operation.

The charges in the operation that transported heroin from Chicago to northern West Virginia and southern Ohio were announced Thursday.

Prosecutors say 35-year-old Frederick Allen McShan of Steubenville, Ohio, allegedly coordinated the distribution ring. Four other Steubenville residents and two men from Weirton, West Virginia, also were arrested.

The six were named in a criminal complaint on drug conspiracy charges, which carry maximum penalties of life in prison and $1 million fines upon conviction.

Prosecutors say proceeds from the drug transactions were used to purchase a variety of items, including vehicles and real estate. Much of those assets were seized as part of the federal investigation.



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