20 indicted in alleged heroin ring in NE Ohio

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CLEVELAND (AP) -- Twenty people have been indicted in northeast Ohio in an alleged heroin ring, including a man charged with supplying a person who died of an overdose.

The federal indictment in the alleged heroin ring in Akron was announced Tuesday by U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach (DEHT'-ehl-bahk).

The charges include conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and also involve crack cocaine and methamphetamine. The alleged conspiracy lasted from 2011 into 2014 and involved heroin shipped to Akron from Atlanta, Chicago and elsewhere.

The defendants include 36-year-old Garland "Felix" Phelps Jr. He is facing an enhanced charge that could lead to the death penalty for an overdose death.

He is accused of providing heroin that caused a death on Christmas Day 2012. No attorney is listed for him in court records.

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