An Ohio man faces up to 30 years in prison after being convicted of running a drug ring responsible for trafficking at least 40,000 prescription pills in Kentucky.
A federal grand jury in Lexington convicted Jay. A. Shephard, 46, Friday of conspiracy to distribute drugs and money laundering, according to a news release from the office of U.S. Attorney Kerry B. Harvey.
The drug ring brought methadone and OxyContin pills into Kentucky from out of state and sold them in Fayette, Scott, Breathitt and Perry counties between May 2006 and May 2009, according to court documents and the release.
Shephard was the last of 21 people associated with the drug operation to be prosecuted.
In addition to whatever prison time he receives, Shephard will forfeit five pieces of property he owned in Dayton.
Several agencies were involved in the investigation, including the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Internal Revenue Service.
Shephard is to be sentenced Feb. 23.