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Cousin of massacred Rhoden family in Ohio charged with drug trafficking

January 28, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Cousin of massacred Rhoden family in Ohio charged with drug trafficking

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A cousin of the massacred Rhoden family was taken into custody on Thursday night on charges of drug trafficking, but authorities said the arrest has nothing to do with the 2016 murders in Pike County, Ohio.

Josh Rhoden, 38, was arrested as part of “an ongoing drug investigation,” according to Mike DeWine, the Ohio Attorney General. Pike, Pickaway, and Ross counties are collaborating on the case, along with the 23 Pipeline Major Crimes Task Force, WCPO reported.

DeWine said they discovered over $8,000 in cash, $7,700 worth of prescription pills, nine firearms and a small amount of pot after inspecting Rhoden and John McJunkin’s residences. McJunkin, 63, has been charged with drug possession.

Josh Rhoden is a cousin of the eight victims murdered execution-style in their homes back in April 2016. DeWine said the detectives first uncovered evidence of the drug ring during the Rhoden homicide investigation.

Authorities charged Josh Rhoden with drug trafficking unrelated to the family murders last April, officials say.

“Although evidence was discovered over the course of the ongoing investigation into last year’s killings of eight members of the Rhoden family, this case is unrelated,” DeWine said.

So far investigators have failed to name any possible suspects or establish a motive in the massacre on the Rhoden Family farm last April 22nd.

Despite mounting frustration over the lack of leads in the case, new Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader, says solving the murders remains a top priority, and he believes the answer lies within the circle of family members, friends, and neighbors in the community who were acquaintances of the family,

“With the amount of personnel and resources we have committed to this case since April, I have no doubt that, had we been given truthful and accurate information from those who are closest to our victims, we would have had it solved by now,” Reader said after assuming office.

DeWine requests that anyone with information into the ongoing murder investigation contact 1-855-BCI-OHIO or the Pike County Sheriff’s Office at 740-947-2111.

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