Just one arrest remains in the shutdown of an alleged heroin pipeline, which prosecutors said has sent “shockwaves” through the criminal community.
Nine people were indicted in February, after an investigation the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office dubbed “Operation Motor City.”
The indictment was sealed until Friday.
Those indicted include: Paul Jackson Sr., 52, Paul Jackson Jr., 29, Leonard Glover, 27, Cedric Winter, 35, and Equan Keeler, 28, all of Detroit, and Dylan Hurst, 22, Joshua Cox, 27, Billy Woodson, 29, and Ramie Kring, 22, all of Frankfort.
“It began as a singular drug bust and it just kind of mushroomed out from there,” Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Zach Becker said. “They’re all connected through Paul Jackson.”
Paul Jackson Jr. was arrested in Frankfort in January and charged with trafficking in heroin. Further investigation revealed that he was allegedly the ringleader of the elaborate drug ring, connecting several recent heroin-related arrests.
Becker said Paul Jackson Jr. would travel to Detroit to obtain large quantities of heroin from his father, Paul Jackson Sr., which he would then bring to Franklin County to sell.
His last trip ended violently, when Becker said someone in Detroit shot Paul Jackson Jr. while trying to steal the drugs. There were bullet holes in the car he was arrested in.
“Paul Jackson on the street was known as the big man in Frankfort when it came to heroin,” Becker said. “And Dylan Hurst was his big man.”
Hurst was also arrested in a drug bust in January. Becker said Hurst and the others would sell the heroin that Paul Jackson Jr. would bring to Franklin County.
Kring allegedly provided a means of communication between all of the parties after Jackson’s arrest, which Becker said became evident when she came to collect money from Hurst just prior to his arrest.
Kring and Keeler were both taken into custody Thursday, leaving only Paul Jackson Sr. on the loose.
He is believed to still be in Detroit.
The pipeline is allegedly responsible for the majority of heroin that was coming into the area from Detroit, which Becker said is the largest supplier of Frankfort’s heroin.
“It’s very clearly disrupted the sales that have been ongoing,” Becker said.
The nine people named in the indictment are all charged with engaging in organized crime. Several of the individuals also face additional drug-trafficking charges.