FBI raids nab 9 individuals in suspected Covington and Cincinnati drug ring

COVINGTON, Ky. - A 15-month FBI investigation resulted in the arrests of nine people involved in a suspected drug trafficking ring throughout Covington and Cincinnati Wednesday morning.

Multiple searches were conducted on Covington and Cincinnati neighborhoods, according to Perrye K. Turner, special agent in charge of the Kentucky FBI office.

About a dozen agents were seen going in and out of a house on Helen Street in Mount Auburn.

In Covington, a house on West 12th Street was searched for several hours.

Ella Blackwell, who lives there, said her son was arrested. She denied her son was involved in drug activity.

"If they check his system, all they're going to find is some damn weed. That's what tees me off because they always get the wrong people. The people they should get they never touch," Blackwell said.

FBI agents confiscated a 2007 Ford Mustang GT along with Duke Energy bills, Columbia Savings Bank receipts, a hand-written note, a Quik Stop receipt and a Garmin.

Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard at Greenup Street in Covington was closed during the investigation but eventually reopened.

Also participating  in the raids were police agencies from Cincinnati, Covington, Erlanger, Florence and Independence, along with the FBI Cincinnati Safe Streets Task Force and the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force, according to an FBI release.

"Drug trafficking severely erodes our communities and this investigation is an excellent example of how law enforcement partnerships are the most effective weapon to combat crime,"  Turner stated. 

Criminal complaints will be filed out of the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Kentucky. 

9 On Your Side's Brian Yocono contributed to this report.

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