Eighteen people have been indicted by a Union County grand jury following a heroin investigation that lasted several months, the Marysville Division of Police announced Wednesday.

Eighteen people have been indicted by a Union County grand jury following a heroin investigation that lasted several months, the Marysville Division of Police announced Wednesday.

Officers seized about 112 doses of heroin, along with a small amount of marijuana and OxyContin, police Chief Floyd Golden said. As of Wednesday afternoon, 11 of the suspects were in custody, he said.

Marysville police investigators worked with Union County Prosecutor David Phillips in obtaining the indictments, along with the cooperation of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification. More information on the suspects is available at the Marysville police Web site.

"Heroin is a drug that destroys families and damages communities," Phillips said. "We've seen an influx of heroin into the area that has led to a rash of crime as addicts seek money to get their next fix. The investigation by the Marysville police and the arrest of these alleged drug traffickers will, I hope, deter others from getting involved, and make our community a safer place to be."

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