Twelve people were indicted Monday in connection with a five-month investigation into a pill trafficking ring from Florida to Ohio.
According to the Knox County Prosecutor's Office, a grand jury returned indictments that include more than 400 counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, aggravated funding of drug activity, and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, felonies of the first and second degree.
Investigators said that since 2011, a group of people, referred to as travelers, would drive together each month to Florida, to visit doctors in the Tampa/Lakeland area.
It is alleged that the travelers would obtain written prescriptions for pain and other medications, which would then be filled in several states, including Ohio, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, and Pennsylvania.
Officials said that some of the pills would then be turned over to the alleged main organizer and funder, Terry Jacobs, of Knox County.
Investigators said Terry's wife, Heather, participated by allegedly making vehicle rental arrangements and hotel reservations for travelers.
A Cleveland-area resident, Christopher Matheson, is also alleged to be one of the funders of the criminal enterprise.
The pills include more than 100,000 Percocet, Methadone, Alprazolam, and other pills, with a street value of about $2 million.
The suspects indicted include:
The Knox County Sheriff’s Office arrested the suspects Monday with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office arresting the Columbus defendants.
Arraignment hearings are scheduled for May 2 at 9 a.m.