High, Olako Admit To Roles in Drug Ring

Lucas N. High and Cara Olako pleaded guilty Monday to their part in a large prescription drug trafficking ring.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld II said High, 37, of Wheeling, pleaded guilty to the felony offense of conspiracy to use a telephone to facilitate the distribution of cocaine, oxycodone and buprenorphine between October of 2012 and January of 2014 in the Wheeling area.

He is free on bond and faces up to four years in prison when sentenced.

Olako, 36, of Wheeling, also known as Cara Green, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the distribution of cocaine within 1,000 feet of the Patterson Playground in July 2013. She is free on bond and faces up to 40 years in prison.

High and Olako are part of group of 15 people indicted in February after a 16-month investigation into the distribution of oxycodone and other prescription drugs that came to the area from northern Ohio and Detroit, Michigan. Over the course of the investigation thousands of pills were recovered by agents via controlled purchases and court-authorized searches.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John C. Parr handled the cases on behalf of the government. The case was investigated by the Ohio Valley Drug Task Force, the West Virginia State Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.