Police charge 13 in Florida-to-central Ohio drug conspiracy

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Thirteen people have been charged in an alleged drug trafficking operation involving painkillers acquired through a Florida doctor and sold in central Ohio.

Prosecutors say the suspects traveled together to Florida to obtain the drugs, which were mostly Oxycodone, for resale in Franklin County.

The drug ring reportedly sold more than 12,000 pain pills worth approximately $165,000 in a 15-month span. Prosecutors say the conspiracy began as a singular operation but then branched out into two separate trafficking organizations.

Two Columbus residents, a 28-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man, have been accused of masterminding the operation as well as selling the drugs. They each are facing a minimum sentence of 11 years in prison.

The other suspects face up to three years behind bars if they are convicted.