ATHENS CO., Ohio (WCMH)–The Athens County prosecutor says a major supplier operating a heroin pipeline between Columbus and Athens County has been shut down.
For a decade, law enforcement officials say drugs were transported and sold in both communities allegedly orchestrated by one man, Eric Jordan Miller.
A Columbus home on Townsend Avenue is one of several that investigators allege Eric Jordan Miller was dealing drugs out of, most of the others are in Athens County.
Hilltop neighbors NBC4 spoke with did not want to be identified for this story.
“It didn’t surprise me that drugs were being sold there, I am just glad they are gone,” one person said.
Authorities said Miller moved around, never staying long in one place.
“Mr. Miller has done this for so long, as the case goes to trial the facts will show he had a unique way of dealing drugs,” Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn said.
Blackburn said he kept ahead of authorities by using different woman as drug mules and moving from home to home. He is alleged to have been dealing drugs from a Mill Street location near downtown Athens. That all stopped on March 29 when a multi-county drug task force tracked him down at a relative’s home near SR 161 and little Turtle Way in Columbus.
“He was a large-scale deliveryman, bringing a lot of the product down, then dealing with a few people who were delivering it on down,” Blackburn said.
Miller was indicted by an Athens County Grand Jury on April 7, charged with 14 counts of trafficking in heroin, money laundering, engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, possession of heroin and possession of criminal tools. The indictment shows they tracked him down after pinging his cell phone multiple times and questioning neighbors.
“What he is accused of is the worst form of these offenses,” said Blackburn.
Blackburn alleges Miller was responsible for thousand dollars of heroin a day. He locked up at the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail and will be back in court on April 20.
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