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16 Arrested, Charged with Heroin Trafficking in Columbus

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- Sixteen members of a heroin trafficking organization have been arrested in connection with a yearlong investigation, according to police.

Columbus Division of Police Chief Kim Jacobs announced the arrests on Wednesday on behalf of her department, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Franklin Co. Sheriff's Office. Members of each organization worked together during the investigation.

In addition to the arrests -- which were made over a nine day period -- agents seized more than 11 kilograms of heroin, 3 firearms, and more than $115,000 in cash.

Agents executed eight search warrants during the investigation, and conducted hundreds of hours of surveillance, which included listening in on phone conversations about heroin trafficking conducted over tapped lines.

Each defendant will be held without bail, and faces a charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin, which carries a sentence range of 5 to 40 years in prison.

Click here for a list of defendants charged in the case.
 
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