8 indicted in Utah, Nevada oxycodone ring

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Updated: 5/21/2014 7:24 am

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal indictment unsealed in Salt Lake City accuses eight suspects of money laundering and conspiring to distribute oxycodone in Utah and Nevada.

They're the latest of 31 people indicted in connection with a lengthy investigation into distribution of the narcotic.

The indictment unsealed Monday identifies the ring leader as Aaron Peila, a 31-year-old man who has lived in Utah and Nevada and currently is serving a prison sentence for a federal firearms conviction. He's charged with engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise.

Others indicted were Mark Jaffe and Carolyn Barrera of Salt Lake City, Jason Junior and Syndi Junior of Pleasant Grove, Jonas Newell of Provo, and Candace Newman and Kevin Lynch, both of Las Vegas.

Salt Lake City police assisted the DEA and the IRS in the probe.

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