Armed with search warrants, high powered weapons and dogs, authorities raided several locations in Over-the-Rhine. The bust resulted in more than a dozen arrests. The group wanted to seize control of the heroin market in Over-the-Rhine.
Charges against the group included conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and crack cocaine. Each suspect could face 10 years to life in prison.
Although Over-the-Rhine is a neighborhood known for its criminal element, it has experienced a decrease in crime since 2011. James Craig, Cincinnati’s current police chief has taken measures to decrease crime by targeting violent offenders and keeping them off the streets.
Suspects are scheduled to appear in court on Monday.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephanie Bowman will schedule future court dates and decide if any suspects will be released on bond. For a list of suspects or more information about this story, visit WLWT News, Local 12 News or The Cincinnati Enquirer.