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GOSHEN, OH (FOX19) - More than 50 people face charges after an 8-month-long drug trafficking investigation in Goshen Township.
Many of the suspects have already been indicted, and more indictments are expected as cases are considered by the grand jury over the next few weeks. Charges include possession of drugs, weapons under disability and trafficking in drugs.
Cpl. Ron Robinson with Goshen Police say prescription pain pills and heroin are among the most commonly found substances. Robinson said drug related crimes and arrests have been considerably higher over the past 12 months as opposed to in years past.
"Even the people you don't expect to be selling drugs are doing it," Robinson stated.
Robinson noted that for many people charged with trafficking prescription drugs, the income has become a second source of regular cash flow during a poor economy and is being depended upon in household budgets. In December, James Ashcraft told police he started a marijuana grow operation in his mother's mobile home after being unable to find a job. A total of 88 marijuana plants were confiscated during the arrest. Ashcraft faces one count of illegal cultivation of marijuana and one count of possession of marijuana.