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Multi-state drug distribution ring busted in 'Operation Purple Drank'

WETZEL COUNTY, W.Va. (WTRF) - Fourteen people have been charged in federal court after law enforcement across Ohio and West Virginia busted a drug distribution ring that they call "Operation Purple Drank."

According to the 17-count indictment, the ring was making fake prescriptions to buy and distribute codeine and promethazine in Wetzel County.

It is alleged that, for over a year, individuals were recruited to travel from Columbus to various pharmacies in Ohio to fill the fake prescriptions.

Those charged include:

  • Mohamed A. Mohamed, 25, Grove City
  • Sade S. Abdisaliis, 21, Columbus
  • Abulkadir A. Yusuf, 28, Columbus
  • Siyad A. Haji, 26, Columbus
  • Mahdi H. Mohamed, 23, Columbus
  • Abdirashid M. Ahmed, 24, Columbus
  • Liban A. Hassan, 25, Columbus
  • Alinoor S. Alinoor, 23, Gahanna
  • Samatar A. Haji, 23, Columbus
  • Ibrahim A. Shoble, 29, Columbus
  • Abdifahi H. Abdirizak, 21, Columbus
  • Ismail C. Cusmaan, 22, Columbus
  • Alla-Magan M. Gani, 21, Columbus
  • Mohamed H. Hashi, 25, Columbus

The 17-count indictment includes 13 counts of obtaining substances by fraud. It also includes the use of a fictitious DEA registration number and use of another's DEA registration number.

Abdirashid Mohamed Ahmed was arrested by the New Martinsville Police Department and convicted of a related state change and sentenced to prison for a term of not less than 1 nor more than 3 years in 2017. Subsequently, Pasia Artes Smith was convicted of a similar offense in Wetzel County and is alleged to have absconded from probation. Her whereabouts are unknown.

Mohamed Abdihamed Mohamed was indicted by the Wetzel County Grand Jury in 2017 on similar charges but has failed to appear. In light of the Federal charges, it is likely that his Wetzel County charges will be deferentially dismissed.


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