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Auglaize Co. involved in heroin drug ring bust

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A federal grand jury indicts 10 people of a drug ring that reaches into Auglaize County. Some of the heroin sales happened in Auglaize County and it was Auglaize Sheriff's deputies who arrested one of the accused gang members.

After Adrian Trone's arrest in September the Grand Lake Task Force talked with the Safe Streets Task Force in Dayton and realized Trone was part of something bigger.

"Our task force and them put their heads together on this and out of that he's facing 25 counts of drug and or firearms, he's looking at 25 counts of drug and firearms charges," Sheriff Al Solomon, said.

Trone is one of 10 people facing drug and gun charges.  They're all alleged members of the Robert "Boobee" Hill gang in Dayton. An affidavit filed in U.S. District Court details how the members used pills to discreetly transport heroin to Auglaize, Greene, Montgomery, and Butler counties. 

"The 9 count indictment alleges the defendants obtained bulk quantities of heroin and broke it down into smaller quantities that they placed into gelatin capsules for resale," Carter Stewart, U.S. Attorney, said.

Investigators say one gel cap sells for $10 in Dayton, but is much more expensive in places farther away like Wapakoneta.

Many of the alleged gang members are also accused of a number of other crimes that took place over the past year.

"The indictment also alleges that the defendants engaged in and encouraged acts of violence against rival drug dealers and others," Stewart explained.

Now the FBI credits these agencies for getting the alleged gang members off the streets.

"The indictments demonstrate the successes that can be achieved when state, local, and federal agencies work together for a common goal," FBI Special Agent Ed Hanko, said.

Each defendant faces 25 counts of drug or firearm charges.  Each face at least a five year sentence, some could face life sentences.

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