Ohio man gets 64 years for pain-pill trafficking

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge in central Ohio has sentenced one of the ringleaders of a huge pain-pill trafficking ring to more than six decades in prison.

The 64-year prison term handed to Michael Paul John on Wednesday in Columbus was believed to be the longest sentence ever given to a drug trafficker in the region.

The 37-year-old Johnson was convicted last month of 25 counts of funding drug trafficking and one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, all first-degree felonies.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1h2PF0k ) reports Johnson was one of 47 people indicted in August 2012 in what authorities said was a $2.3 million drug-trafficking operation. He and others paid carloads of people, most of them addicts, to travel to Florida pain clinics to get prescriptions for oxycodone.