Feds bust W.Va. heroin and pain pill ring
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Federal agents and police swept through Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania on Wednesday and began rounding up 29 people in what the U.S. attorney in Wheeling called one of the largest-ever drug investigations in the Ohio Valley.
All were charged in connection with the distribution of heroin, oxycodone and cocaine throughout the region supplied from Baltimore, Detroit and Columbus.
A grand jury in Wheeling returned an indictment under seal last month against Richard Baron, 50, of Triadelphia, W.Va., and 24 others accused by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and local police with distributing tens of thousands of pain pills and heroin from December 2011 until May.
A second indictment charged Kymberly Mull, 44, of Wheeling, Duane Williams, 45, of Imperial, Pa., and two others. Federal agents seized a Cadillac from Mr. Baron and are seeking a money judgment of $250,000. Authorities seized three vehicles from Ms. Mull and are seeking a judgment against her of at least $100,000.
First Published June 8, 2012 12:00 am