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Heroin trafficking ring busted by Southern Ohio Drug Task Force

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PORTSMOUTH, OH - More than 20 men and women are facing felony drug charges after officers busted a heroin ring following an 18-month investigation in Scioto County, Ohio. 

Officers with the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force announced Monday afternoon that a heroin trafficking ring, having ties to both Columbus and Portsmouth, has been dismantled. 

Captain Lynn Brewer with the Portsmouth Police Department says the investigation took approximately 18 months and netted 22 arrests. The investigation began in February 2013. Once the information was presented to a Scioto County Grand Jury, it resulted in the indictments of the men and women. The men and women are suspected gang members of the 22nd St/"Duece Duece" Bloods from Columbus as well as Portsmouth residents. 

The following people were indicted: 

Andre J. Gilliam, 28, of Columbus

Orlando Smith, 28, of Columbus

Keluan J. Skinner-Byrd, 19, of Columbus

Verita S. Williams, 29, of Columbus

Brittanee M. Baker, 23, of Columbus

Darrin "Bert" Thompson, 43, of Portsmouth

William L. Armbrister, 66, of Portsmouth

James D. Young, Sr., 52, of Portsmouth

Carrie M. Young, 48, of Portsmouth

Patricia D. Charles, 42, of Portsmouth

Stephanie S. Nuckols, 34, of Portmouth

Robert Bo Clemens, 58, of Portsmouth

Thomas Smith, 26, of Columbus 

Ronald E. Fields, 21, of Columbus

Courtney L. Anderson, 26, of Columbus 

Jason J. Turner, 26, of Columbus 

Troy A. Hines, 31, of Columbus 

Charles E. Saddler, 32, of Portsmouth

Teresa G. Mosley, 43, of Portsmouth

Anyone having information on the whereabouts of Kelvin L. Hayden, 31, of Columbus, John W. Kullum II, 33, of Pickerington, James D. Young, Jr., 29, of Portsmouth please contact the task force tip line at (740) 354-5656 Portsmouth Police Department at (740) 353-4101, the Scioto County Sheriff's Office at (740) 354-7566, or email drugs@sciotocountysheriff.com

All 22 men and women are indicted on multiple counts of felony drug offenses. Some of those offenses are: engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, trafficking in approximately 2.7 kilograms of heroin and conspiracy to trafficking heroin.