9 Indicted For Alleged Drug Trafficking Operation In South Columbus


UPDATED: Monday March 17, 2014 2:42 PM

A Franklin County Grand Jury indicted nine people for taking part in an alleged drug operation in South Columbus.

The indictments followed a six month investigation, according to Columbus police and the FBI.

Prosecutors say the group was led by Keith Jerome Pippins, Jr., 21; Jack Allen Morris, II, 26; and Tyler Mills Griffin, 28.

They say the three were supplied heroin and cocaine by Aidlo Perez, 26.

Other individuals named in the indictments are Robert Lee Redd, III, 28 (not pictured); Charles William Allen, Jr., 27; Ian Michael Pippins, 24; Kiersten Lindsey Smith, 22; and Percy Ramone Burney, Sr., 25.

In all, the nine individuals face a total of 42 counts, including Attempted Murder, Aggravated Trafficking in Drugs, and Engaging in a Pattern of Corrupt Activity.

Police say Pippins, Morris, and Burney allegedly attempted a drive-by shooting in February to retaliate for a drug deal that "went bad." In the shooting, their associate Antwuan Waddel was hit in a head.

Through the use of search warrants, investigators said they seized 38 firearms, 13 ounces of heroin, 4 ounces of cocaine, 6 pounds of marijuana, vehicles and cash.

The accused individuals face anywhere from 11 to 19 years in jail if they are convicted of the alleged crimes.

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