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Authorities announce details of 2-year N.Ky. drug investigation that resulted in 24 arrests

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CINCINNATI - Multiple state and national agencies announced Friday details of a two-year drug investigation that resulted in the arrest of 24 people on charges of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute oxycodone in Northern Kentucky and parts of the Cincinnati area.

According to the indictment, the organization made approximately $1,825,510 through the distribution of the drug. The investigation identified 11 rental properties owned by conspiracy members. Law enforcement agencies seek the forfeiture of these rental properties and numerous vehicles that were either purchased with drug proceeds or used to facilitate the conspiracy.  

Agents and officers executed seven federal search warrants at various properties in Northern Kentucky and southern Ohio on Friday that resulted in 22 arrests. Agents and officers seized numerous pharmaceutical drugs, 27 firearms and more than $93,000 in currency, according to the press release.

The arrests are part of a two-year joint investigation into the oxycodone organization between the DEA Cincinnati Office, the Northern Kentucky Strike Force, the IRS and a task force of officers from 13 law enforcement agencies from southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky, according to a press release. 

Those arrested are identified as follows:

Damon Helton, Michael Wright, Deborah Helton, Jay Young, Holly Helton, Christopher Edwards, Matthew White, Rich Redden, Anthony Filice, Daryl Isbel, Arthur Penrod, John Helton, Raymond Helton, John Sipe, Tabatha Bales, Robert Taylor, Christy Brooks, Thomas Helton, Jessica Helton, Sandra Cadle, William Ream, and Tamara Terry

The charges carry maximum penalties of 20 years in prison upon conviction.

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