Columbus man sentenced 22 years for running oxycodone trafficking ring

Joshua Smith (Franklin County Sheriff's Office photo)

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A Columbus man has been sentenced to 22 years in prison after pleading guilty to running a multi-state oxycodone ring.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced the sentence for 32-year-old Joshua Smith on Thursday.

The organization Smith was a ringleader of reportedly funded and organized trips to see a doctor in Florida who prescribes pain pills for “false medical ailments.” The group then returned to Columbus, and group members filled the prescriptions in other states. They would bring the pills back to Columbus, where the individuals in charge of the organization sold the pills in the area. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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