Twenty-two suspects arrested in connection to the “Operation Bases Loaded” drug sweep in July attended their informal pretrial hearings Aug. 20 in Madison County Common Pleas Court.
Informal pretrial hearings ensure that the discovery process is underway. Discovery is the formal process of exchanging information between prosecution and defense about the witnesses and evidence they will present at trial.
Potential for motions and bond issues are also addressed, according to assistant county prosecutor Nick Adkins.
“Operation Bases Loaded” topped a four-month investigation by the Madison County Drug Task Force into the illegal sale of prescription painkillers, cocaine and most significantly — heroin. Some charges also involved weapons violations.
The county grand jury handed down indictments involving 91 criminal offenses on July 16.
Formal pretrials and jury trials will take place in the next few months for the suspects.