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15 people indicted for alleged drug conspiracy

On Feb. 12, prosecutors in Ohio announced that 15 people were being indicted for allegedly running a fraudulent drug prescription ring. The 206-count indictment was a result of a purported prescription drug scheme that the defendants had been involved in between December 2012 and October 2014. Some of the charges in the indictment included drug possession, drug trafficking, conspiracy, theft and deception to obtain a dangerous drug.

According to investigators, the drug ring's activities spanned six different counties in the northeastern part of the state. The defendants are accused of counterfeiting doctor's prescription notes and filling in stolen prescription pads in order to obtain narcotics. The alleged ringleader, a 40-year-old woman, is also accused of posing as a police officer in order to obtain physicians' DEA numbers over the phone. Prosecutors say she was assisted by a 37-year-old man who recruited participants for the scheme and managed their activities.

After filling out fake prescription notes, the 40-year-old woman would allegedly hire others to pick up the narcotics from different pharmacies. Participants in the scheme were reportedly paid in drugs and cash. The group is accused of obtaining more than 5,000 narcotics pills through fraud and then distributing those pills around Cuyahoga County and other nearby counties.

A person who is facing drug trafficking charges as part of a broader indictment like this one might be able to work out some type of plea deal with the help of a criminal defense attorney. In some drug conspiracy cases, a defendant can work out a deal in which a guilty plea is entered to some of the charges so that other charges may be dropped.

Source: WOIO, "Fifteen indicted for fraudulent prescription ring", Feb. 12, 2015

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