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Drug trafficking ring busted in Pike Co. ; run by Ohio prisoner

Published: Thursday, July 06, 2017 @ 5:30 PM
By: Margolis Kim

A  narcotics trafficking ring was busted in Piketon, Waverly and other locations in Pike Co.  The operation was led by Richard Smith, an Ohio prisons inmate, according to a report by our news partners, WBNS.

 The drugs included methamphetamine and heroin, believed to contain fentanyl. 

 In 2016, eight members of the Rhoden family were found dead, killed execution style  in Piketon.  The  case has not been solved but one of the theories is that the case is drug-related, because large-scale marijuana grow operations were discovered at three of the four murder scenes.

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 Pike Co. Sheriff Charles Reader says the drug trafficking investigation is still active and more charges and arrests expected.

Some of the suspects are involved in or have ties to gangs operating in Ohio, according to the sheriff.

 Authorities recovered nearly 150 grams of heroin believed to contain fentanyl, methamphetamine, $10,000 in cash and over 80 pre-paid credit cards.