CLEVELAND, Ohio — Federal prosecutors believe they have scored the largest-ever heroin bust in Ohio. The network stretched into Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights, where some of its product and money was kept. A ringleader lived in a $1 million home in Solon.

The two-year investigation culminated Tuesday morning with the indictment of 24 people, including a Nigerian man nicknamed Shaka Zulu who lived near Shaker Square, and the Solon resident who police believe used drug proceeds to buy that luxurious home.

The elaborate distribution ring, which acquired heroin from Nigeria, Mexico and Colombia, stored the powdery drug in so-called stash houses that were peppered around Cleveland and two eastern suburbs.


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