18 indicted in large heroin ring in northeast Ohio

CANTON, Ohio (AP) – Federal prosecutors say 18 people have been indicted for their roles in an alleged conspiracy that brought large amounts of heroin and crack cocaine from Chicago to Canton in northeast Ohio.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cleveland says some of the defendants sometimes got addicts to transport the drugs from Chicago to Ohio, where they were distributed from houses in Canton and elsewhere.

The 11-count indictment was handed up Monday. It includes charges against some of the defendants accused of illegally using firearms as part of the conspiracy, with two of the defendants used as “enforcers” for the operation. Prosecutors say 23 firearms were confiscated.

The alleged operation took place between February 2013 and last April.

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