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News-Herald Staff Writer

CADIZ – Arraignments were held this past week for the latest crop of grand jury indictments, including 13 people charged in a recent drug roundup.

Law enforcement officials conducted a series of busts around March 15 after more than a dozen people were secretly indicted. Charges stem from a months-long sting operation with several of the suspects charged under state Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statutes.

The subjects are accused of operating a sophisticated drug ring that brought cocaine, marijuana and prescription pills from Youngstown and Steubenville, some of which were purchased by authorities for roughly $5,000. The investigation was a combined effort of The Multi County L.E.A.D.S. Task Force, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office and the Jewett and Cadiz Police Departments.

The full story is featured in the March 23, 2013 edition of the Harrison News-Herald.