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Prosecutors Charge Eight In South Columbus Drug Ring

Franklin County prosecutors say they've broken up a South Columbus drug ring. The 42 counts unveiled Monday include illegal manufacturing of drugs, trafficking heroin and cocaine, attempted murder, and tampering with evidence. Prosecutors describe an elaborate business plan to traffic drugs and store firearms. They says three of the people charged planned a drive-by shooting in retaliation for a drug deal gone bad, but the alleged shooting ended with one associate shot in the head. Police say just this month, a large supply of drugs came into tow, triggering search warrants that yielded 38 guns and 13 ounces of heroin. If convicted, each of the eight defendants face a minimum of 11 years behind bars.