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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Federal drug agents are showing some of the evidence confiscated during an investigation into a major heroin distribution ring including the Mahoning Valley and Western Pennsylvania.

As wfmj.com first reported on Tuesday, a 15-month investigation by the Youngstown Office of the Drug Enforcement Administration resulted in the dismantling of a New York to Youngstown drug conspiracy.

As a result, 26 firearms were taken off the streets, along with one-thousand rounds of ammunition.

Nine people have been arrested, including Caroline Alba-Ventura who was the alleged courier of more than a kilogram of the cocaine confiscated during the investigation.

Youngstown'Police Chief Rod Foley says the heroin problem has reached epidemic levels, and it's not just a city problem. "It's everywhere. I read the intelligence reports coming from the task forces and you know it's not only a city of Youngstown problem." said Foley. "Most of the buyers are coming in from the suburbs. Unfortunately a lot of the illegal trade, and the violence that erupts from this type of activity happens in Youngstown. So unfortunately we're stuck with that problem."

The DEA investigation that included critical cooperation from Youngstown Police, Mahoning Valley's Drug Task Force, the FBI, State Highway Patrol and Sheriff's Office, also led to the alleged supplier in New York.

The on-going investigation hopes to take more drugs, guns and illegal profits off the streets in an effort to stop the violence and save lives...

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