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Nearly three dozen people accused of taking part in Akron-area heroin ring
Multiple government agencies were involved in the drug bust
by WKSU's LYNDSEY SCHLEY


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Federal, county and local officials collaborated on a large heroin bust.
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The U.S. Attorney announced today 33 people have been indicted for their alleged parts in an Akron-area heroin ring.

Fifteen people were indicted by a federal grand jury, accused of importing the drug from Chicago. Eighteen others will appear in in state court, accused of distributing the heroin, along with cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana.

Spokesman Mike Tobin says operations like this are part of a larger strategy to combat heroin in Northeast Ohio.

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"We don’t think we’ve eradicated the heroin problem in Akron or Ravenna today," Tobin says. "Enforcement is part of it, but so is treatment and so is prevention, so is having conversations about how prescription pain pills are distributed. We continue to advocate for an all-of-the-above approach."

The bust was a joint effort between the FBI, the Akron Police Department and the Summit and Portage county sheriffs’ departments.

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