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Worthington Teens Arraigned On Drug Trafficking Charges

More than a dozen young adults arrested in the Worthington area were arraigned Friday on charges of drug trafficking. Many of the suspects are between the ages of 18 and 21 years old.

Franklin County prosecutor Ron O'Brien says law enforcement officials learned that a large number of students in the Worthington area were buying, selling and using illegal drugs. He says Worthington police and Franklin County sheriff's deputies bought drugs from the suspects.

"They purchased, over a period of time starting back to early, mid-summer, they purchased different drugs from the individuals," O'Brien says.

The drugs reportedly included heroin, marijuana and ecstasy. Those arrested appeared before Judge Amy Salerno in Municipal Court. Salerno set bond amounts between $25,000 and $550,000.

O'Brien says the offenses are felonies that carry sentences of several years in prison.

O'Brien says his office has ten days to seek and return indictments or drop the charges against the suspects.