Wednesday, February 21, 2001

Accused drug dealer surrenders




By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — The last person wanted in a weekend OxyContin bust turned himself in to Covington police Tuesday, Lt. Col. Jim Liles said.

        John Keeton of Covington is charged with trafficking and engaging in organized crime.

        He was being held in the Kenton County Jail and is scheduled to appear this week in Kenton District Court.

        As of Tuesday, nine people had been picked up on state warrants as a result of the bust. They face charges of trafficking and engaging in organized crime.

        Jail officials said bail was set at $15,000 for each trafficking charge and $30,000 for each organized crime charge.

        The arrests, which started with Saturday's raid of Larry's All-American Cafe in Covington, were the result of a monthslong investiga tion by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents and Covington police.

        Mr. Keeton and five others arrested in the sting allegedly “acted with the purpose to establish or assist the activities of a criminal syndicate” from November through Jan. 23 of this year, court records said.

        The Northern Kentucky bust comes on the heels of another federal bust, in eastern Kentucky this month in which 200 people were indicted.

       



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