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24 arrested in prescription drug ring bust


Over 20 people were arrested in a prescription drug ring following a two-year investigation by authorities.

Beginning on Thursday, agents arrested 24 suspects for the alleged illegal distribution of the prescription drug oxycodone. According to the indictment, the individuals involved made approximately $1,825,510 in distribution.

In addition to the arrests, agents seized numerous pharmaceutical drugs, 27 firearms and more than $93,000 in currency. Officials also found 11 rental properties and multiple vehicles throughout Northern Kentucky and Southern Ohio, reportedly involved or purchased through the alleged drug ring.

Officials say 22 of the suspects are currently in custody: 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.

All were charged with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute oxycodone in Kenton County, Campbell County, as well as areas throughout Cincinnati.

The suspects are facing up to 20 years in prison.

The investigation, coined 'Operation Family Vacation', was conducted during the past two years, involving the DEA Cincinnati Resident Office, the Northern Kentucky Strike Force and the IRS, along with 13 law enforcement agencies.

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