COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – Prosecutors say an inmate at the Allen Correctional Institute in Lima, Ohio, ran a multi-state drug ring from behind bars.
Fernando Auces, 52, was sentenced to six years in prison after investigators determined he was communicating, through an illegal cell phone, with people outside of prison to distribute heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, according to court documents.
Between 2010 and 2014, Auces and others arranged for deliveries of large amounts of heroin to Ohio from suppliers in Indiana and Texas. Auces recruited friends and relatives to receive and distribute the heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine to Cleveland, Toledo and elsewhere, according to court documents.
Auces, as part of the conspiracy, agreed with an inmate at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio, to share customers and drug suppliers. Auces arranged for Alexander Gonzales to distribute drugs to various locations throughout Ohio, including Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Dayton and Cincinnati, according to court documents.
“Our collective enforcement efforts in this investigation have effectively shut down an operation that allegedly funneled copious amounts of illegal drugs into the community,” Marlon Miller, Special Agent in Charge of HSI Detroit, which covers Michigan and Ohio. “This sentence is the culmination of an extensive multi-agency approach to combating drug trafficking organizations.”