CLEVELAND (AP) — Thirty people have been indicted in Ohio in a cross-country heroin ring that officials say was directed in Cleveland by five family members.
The indictments were announced Thursday by Cleveland and federal law-enforcement officials. Twenty-one suspects were in custody by late afternoon.
The government says the operation stretching to California, Minnesota and Chicago brought heroin to Cleveland for sales across the region.
The alleged Cleveland ringleader was identified by authorities as 30-year-old Rayshawn “Dirty Ray” Ligon of North Olmsted. Prosecutors say he was aided by his father, two brothers, a cousin and his girlfriend, all charged in the 110-count indictment.
A message seeking comment was left for Ligon’s attorney.