An investigation by the Marysville Division of Police has resulted in grand jury indictments being returned against 18 people for a variety of drug-related offenses.

An investigation by the Marysville Division of Police has resulted in grand jury indictments being returned against 18 people for a variety of drug-related offenses.

Police Chief Floyd Golden said officers seized approximately 112 doses of heroin, along with a small amount of marijuana and Oxycontin (a prescription pain medication) during the investigation.

Assistant police chief Glenn Nichol said the confiscated heroin had a street value of approximately $2,900. Golden said at least 12 of the suspects had been apprehended and were being held at the Tri-County Jail in Mechanicsburg, pending arraignment in Union County.

"We know at least one of them is out of state, and we have officers tracking down the others," Golden said. "I expect to have all of them in custody in the near future."

Golden said his department has been working on the investigation for about five months. One detective was devoted to the investigation on a full-time basis with assistance from another detective.

Golden said the investigation revealed a Columbus connection.

"A lot of this heroin came out of the Columbus area," he said. "I would say you can just about find heroin any day of the week in Marysville if you know where to go."

Golden said the arrests were made smoothly, with no suspects resisting arrest.

The number of individuals indicted in the investigation didn't come as a big surprise to Golden. He said the heroin problem has been escalating in the county in recent years."I can't remember exactly when, but we had a town meeting prior to May and a lot of parents were talking to us about kids being hooked on heroin," he said. "They were noticing the problem. I don't think we were surprised to see this number of people. We know that this is an issue in Marysville as well as other places. Given the proper resources we plan to continue to pursue them to the best of our abilities. Every bit we get, no matter how small, is more that's not on the street."

Golden said heroin brings more than just severe health problems into the community.

"As well as the affects of the drugs on the individual, heroin brings in the crime that element commits just to supply their habit," he said. "Just last October we busted burglars in a house, and all three admitted to being heroin addicts."

Marysville police investigators worked with Union County Prosecuting Attorney David Phillips in obtaining indictments, along with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification.

"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."