Youngstown supplied multi-million dollar Lawrence County heroin - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

Bond set at $250,000

Youngstown supplied multi-million dollar Lawrence County heroin ring

Posted: Updated:
NEW CASTLE, Pa. -

Authorities have rounded up ten people they say are part of an organization that has distributed an estimated three to six million dollars worth of heroin in Lawrence County over the past year.

Lawrence County District Attorney Josh Lamancusa announced on Tuesday that agents from the  New Castle Police department, the Drug Task Force and other agencies searched four homes earlier that morning as part if an investigation into the Schmidt heroin organization. 

Agents arrested Mike Schmidt Sr., who they describe as the ringleader of the criminal enterprise.  Eight other adults, and one juvenile were also arrested. Two other adults were still being sought.

"The Schmidt organization is believed to be, by far, the single largest heroin distributor in Lawrence County.  And, at it's height, it was distributing over one kilo of heroin per week," said Lamancusa.

He said that at the Schmidt home, authorities found $40,000 worth of heroin and $43,000 in cash.

Investigators also confiscated four cars, three firearms, and tens of thousands of dollars worth of clothing, shoes, shoes and hats, which Lamancusa says was purchased with money from the drug trade.

Schmidt Sr., faces 17 charges including operating a corrupt organization, conspiracy to deliver heroin, corruption of minors, and soliciting minors in a drug free school zone.

Lamancusa tells 21 News that the heroin allegedly distributed by the Schmidt organization came from Youngstown.

"In some instances, the actual dealers from Youngstown, given the volume that this organization was doing, would actually come to New Castle and bring the drugs. They had the benefit of being big customers, so the supplier came here," said Lamancusa.

The investigation began in June of last year.

Lamancusa says the heroin epidemic is the number one problem in Lawrence County. He notes that there were 33 heroin overdoses in the county over the past year.

  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • Toledo zoo welcomes 100-year-old tortoise

    Toledo zoo welcomes 100-year-old tortoise

    Thursday, August 28 2014 8:11 AM EDT2014-08-28 12:11:09 GMT
    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The newest resident of the Toledo Zoo is a 100-year-old dome-shelled Galapagos tortoise that weighs in at 440 pounds. The tortoise, named Emerson, arrived at the zoo Wednesday night from the San Diego Zoo. He was escorted by Toledo Zoo personnel on his flight to Detroit before being driven to Toledo and uncrated inside a heated shed. Handlers welcomed him with carrot and sweet potato treats and a neck rub. The (Toledo) Blade reports Emerson is the zoo's first Galapagos to...More >>
    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The newest resident of the Toledo Zoo is a 100-year-old dome-shelled Galapagos tortoise that weighs in at 440 pounds. The tortoise, named Emerson, arrived at the zoo Wednesday night from the San Diego Zoo. He was escorted by Toledo Zoo personnel on his flight to Detroit before being driven to Toledo and uncrated inside a heated shed. Handlers welcomed him with carrot and sweet potato treats and a neck rub. The (Toledo) Blade reports Emerson is the zoo's first Galapagos to...More >>
  • Ohio serial rapist gets 135 years in prison

    Ohio serial rapist gets 135 years in prison

    Thursday, August 28 2014 8:10 AM EDT2014-08-28 12:10:21 GMT
    CLEVELAND (AP) - A man who was linked to seven Cleveland-area rapes when authorities reopened hundreds of previously unsolved rape cases has been sentenced to up to 135 years in prison. The sentence by a judge in Cuyahoga County on Wednesday means 69-year-old Robert Green likely will never get out of prison. He was indicted in five of the cases in November and two more in May. He pleaded guilty. The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports that the rapes occurred over nearly a decade. They were unso...More >>
    CLEVELAND (AP) - A man who was linked to seven Cleveland-area rapes when authorities reopened hundreds of previously unsolved rape cases has been sentenced to up to 135 years in prison. The sentence by a judge in Cuyahoga County on Wednesday means 69-year-old Robert Green likely will never get out of prison. He was indicted in five of the cases in November and two more in May. He pleaded guilty. The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports that the rapes occurred over nearly a decade. They were unso...More >>
  • Drone delays landing of Ohio hospital chopper

    Drone delays landing of Ohio hospital chopper

    Thursday, August 28 2014 8:08 AM EDT2014-08-28 12:08:46 GMT
    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Officials at a southwest Ohio hospital say a drone flying near the building delayed the landing of an emergency medical helicopter for nine minutes. The health of the patient aboard the helicopter trying to land at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton wasn't compromised, but an official says the man flying the drone violated an FAA guideline that the operator must be at least 400 feet away from a hospital. Dayton Daily News reports that the Monday incident highlights the need ...More >>
    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Officials at a southwest Ohio hospital say a drone flying near the building delayed the landing of an emergency medical helicopter for nine minutes. The health of the patient aboard the helicopter trying to land at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton wasn't compromised, but an official says the man flying the drone violated an FAA guideline that the operator must be at least 400 feet away from a hospital. Dayton Daily News reports that the Monday incident highlights the need ...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms