Franklin County Prosecutor seeks to deny bail for fentanyl ring suspects

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) – The Franklin County Prosecutor is asking that four people charged in connection with a large fentanyl trafficking ring in Columbus be held without bail.

Two days after five people died from overdoses in a 12-hour period, the Columbus Division of Police seized a kilogram, or 2.2 pounds, of fentanyl from a west side home.

Damon Williams, Joseph Ramey, Ronald Treadwell and Karan Rutledge were all arrested and charged with possession of controlled substances.

According to a motion to deny bond, prosecutors believe the suspects pose a high risk of flight. Three of the four suspects are from outside the Columbus area. Each of them face up to 11 years in prison if convicted. Gun specifications could add even more time to the sentences.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien also cites fentanyl as a ‘particularly significant public health threat’ and a threat to first responders responding to drug houses.

All four will appear in court Saturday morning.

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