Prosecutor: Ex-con's Ohio cocaine ring broken up

CLEVELAND (AP) — Federal officials in Ohio say they have broken up a cocaine ring run by an ex-convict out of inner-city stash houses and his upscale, suburban home.

U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach in Cleveland announced an indictment Tuesday against 18 suspects. The charges include conspiracy and using the phone to sell illegal drugs.

Authorities say cocaine was sold from Cleveland and East Cleveland stash houses set up by the alleged ring leader, 50-year-old Derek "Doc" Williams of Aurora. Authorities say he has a 1990 conviction for drug trafficking.

The government says $176,000 in cash, a bulletproof vest and three firearms were found at the stash houses and Williams' home.

No attorney for Williams was listed in court records.

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