7 face charges in alleged SW Ohio drug conspiracy

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Authorities say seven men have been indicted and arrested on federal charges alleging they conspired to traffic heroin in southwest Ohio.

Federal, state and local officials said Monday in Dayton that the 25-count indictment resulted from a yearlong investigation. The U.S. Attorney's Office alleges the suspects put heroin inside gelatin capsules for resale on the streets of Auglaize, Butler, Greene and Montgomery counties.

Federal authorities say each defendant is charged with conspiracy to traffic in heroin. That's punishable by up to 40 years in prison. The indictment also charges at least one defendant with obstructing justice and using a telephone to help carry out the crime.

The suspects are being held without bond.

The task force included Dayton and Trotwood police, the Montgomery County sheriff's office and the FBI.