Ohio man sentenced for leading drug ring

COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - An Ohio man was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for leading a drug ring that distributed 40,000 prescription pills in Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia.

A U.S. District Court Judge sentenced Jay Shephard, 46, on charges of Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances and Money Laundering.

In addition to the prison sentence, Shephard forfeited five pieces of real estate located in Dayton, $225,000 money judgment, and approximately $83,000 in cash that were proceeds from the conspiracy.

Shephard directed others to distribute thousands of Oxycodone pills in Perry, Fayette, Breathitt and Scott counties between 2006 and 2009.

He was the last of 21 people involved in the drug ring to be convicted.

Shephard has a prior federal conviction for cocaine trafficking which resulted in a 16-year prison sentence.

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