Columbus Man Convicted For Multi-State Drug Ring

UPDATED: Tuesday April 6, 2010 3:33 PM

A man was convicted in federal court on Thursday of leading a drug trafficking ring responsible for distributing cocaine and marijuana throughout central Ohio.

Maurice Williams, also known as "Papa Joe" was found guilty of 30 counts, including the continuing operation of a criminal enterprise and several counts related to possession and distribution of drugs, a news release from the U.S. Attorney's office said.

More than 30 people were arrested in February 2009 as part of "Operation Georgia Peach," which ended a year-long investigation into the drug trafficking ring, 10TV News reported.

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The operation was named because Williams, 34, trafficked drugs between Georgia and Ohio, the FBI said.

Williams was ordered to forfeit cash, vehicles and firearms seized during the investigation.

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