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DRUGS AND GUNS-CHARGES
Yearlong investigation in central Ohio leads to charges against 22 people for drug, gun crimes
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 2:43 PM EST
Authorities say 22 people have been charged with drug trafficking and gun crimes in a central Ohio investigation.
David DeVillers, assistant U.S. attorney in Columbus, says some alleged members of the Short North Posse are relatives of original gang members from the 1990s, including sons and daughters.
The defendants are charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine, oxycodone, crack cocaine and marijuana. The federal indictments announced Wednesday also charge defendants with illegal possession of firearms, illegal travel to support racketeering and money laundering.
Several of the defendants were in custody Wednesday.
Columbus, Franklin County and federal authorities say the indictments cap a yearlong investigation.