Ring leader sentenced in Ohio oxycodone scheme
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 06:29

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A man described as a ringleader of a scheme to obtain thousands of prescription painkillers from Florida for illegal sale in Ohio has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Michael Berry of Columbus was one of 52 defendants in indictments brought by Franklin County prosecutors, who labeled him one of two leaders of the operation.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Tuesday that the 30-year-old Berry pleaded guilty to seven counts of aggravated funding of drug trafficking and one count each of aggravated drug trafficking, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and felonious assault.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien has said the drug ring obtained more than 90,000 oxycodone pills with a street value of $2.8 million.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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