Sisters Indicted in Columbus Rx Trafficking Investigation
Updated: Tuesday, May 7 2013, 07:12 PM EDT
COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- Thirteen members of a suspected prescription drug ring were indicted Tuesday by the Franklin Co. Grand Jury.
The indictments were handed down after members of the Franklin Co. Sheriff's Office Special Investigation Unit seized drugs, guns, and more than $16,000 in cash at the homes of sisters Marsha and Marlene Belcher, the organization's suspected ringleaders.
Investigators believe the Belchers' organization was responsible for trafficking more than 35,000 prescription pills -- including Oxycodone and Xanax -- that were sold on the streets of central Ohio over a 12 month period. The approximate street value of the pills allegedly trafficked by the group during that period is $770,000.
Evidence obtained during the investigation into the Belchers' trafficking organization suggests the group was operating for approximately three years, according to investigators, who say members left the state to gather pills 50 times in 2012 alone.
Grand jury members indicted the Belchers and 11 alleged accomplices on several charges, including drug trafficking and possession. Additional suspects are expected to charged in the near future.