DEA: Prescription Drug Conspiracy Dismantled In Northern Kentucky

Reported by: Tom Kenny
Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Share
Updated: 2/22/2013 7:50 pm

Robert L. Corso, Special Agent in Charge, Detroit Field Division, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), along with Kerry B. Harvey, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and Carter M. Stewart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, jointly announced Friday the culmination of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation, termed Operation Family Vacation, that resulted in the arrest of 24 suspects for charges primarily related to the illegal distribution of prescription drugs.

Specifically, the defendants are charged with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute oxycodone in Kenton and Campbell Counties in Northern Kentucky as well as locations in the Cincinnati area.

During the past two years the DEA Cincinnati Resident Office (CRO), the Northern Kentucky Strike Force, the Internal Revenue Service, along with Task Force Officers from 13 law enforcement agencies from Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky, have been investigating and targeting this oxycodone organization.

According to the indictment, this organization made approximately $1,825,510 through the distribution of oxycodone. The investigation identified 11 rental properties owned by conspiracy members.

The U.S. seeks the forfeiture of these rental properties and numerous vehicles that were either purchased with drug proceeds or used to facilitate the conspiracy.

Arrests began on the morning of February 21, 2013, as agents and officers executed seven federal search warrants at various properties in Northern Kentucky and Southern Ohio.

So far, 22 individuals are in custody, and agents and officers have seized numerous pharmaceutical drugs, 27 firearms, and more than $93,000 in currency.

Those arrested are identified as follows:

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.

This joint investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration Cincinnati Resident Office in conjunction with agents and police officers from the Northern Kentucky Strike Force, Norwood Police Department, Boone County Sheriff's Office, Colerain Police Department, Butler County Sheriff's Office, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Cincinnati Police Department, Cincinnati Airport Police, Kentucky State Police, Florence Police Department, West Chester Police Department, Covington Police Department, Kenton County Police Department, Ohio State Patrol, United States Marshals Service, and offices of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky and Southern District of Ohio.

The charges carry maximum penalties of 20 years in prison upon conviction.

Every Defendant Is Presumed Innocent Until and Unless Proven Guilty Beyond a Reasonable Doubt.

Share
0 Comment(s)
Comments: Show | Hide

Here are the most recent story comments.View All

No comments yet!
Most Popular
2014 36 Blitz: Corbin Redhounds
Perennial power under new leadership with unlikely connection to the program. Video Video
Postal Facility In Lexington Scheduled To Be Closed In 2015
The U.S. Postal Service's processing and distribution center on Nandino Boulevard in Lexington is scheduled to be closed next year to save money, according to the USPS Website. Video Video
Police: Woman tried to strangle child with rope
Louisville police say a woman contemplated killing an 8-year-old boy then tried to strangle him with a rope.
Winchester Parents: We Need More Diversity In The Schools
Some Winchester parents hope their voices will be heard at the Clark County School board meeting, August 19th. They said there's not enough diversity among the staff. Video Video
Interstate closes after bee-carrying truck crashes
Police say a semi flat-bed truck hauling beehives has crashed, causing eastbound Interstate 24 to close near the Kentucky-Tennessee state line at Clarksville, Tennessee.
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.

WTVQ.com supports children's privacy rights. All persons under the age of 13 MUST have parental permission to use this website and direct parental supervision is strongly recommended.