Ohio police: Teen ran drug ring that grossed $20,000 a month
July 17th, 2012
04:13 AM ET

Ohio police: Teen ran drug ring that grossed $20,000 a month

A 17-year-old student is allegedly at the center of a marijuana drug ring in Ohio that grossed $20,000 per month.

An undercover investigation by a drug task force in Warren County unraveled a complex web of growers and sellers near Cincinnati.

The investigation culminated in the arrest of the Mason High School teen and seven adults between ages 20 and 58.

During the investigation, authorities seized more than 600 high-grade marijuana plants from multiple hydroponic grow houses in the cities of Blue Ash, Norwood and Hamilton, CNN affiliate WLWT reported.

Each plant yields approximately one pound of marijuana with a street value of $5,000, authorities said. In all, investigators said, the plants are worth a street value of $3 million.

More than 600 high-grade marijuana plants were seized, according to a local news report.
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  1. Philip

    No. The "biggest theft in history" (potentially, anyway) are the 50,000,000 (50 million) legal aborts of potential American lives stolen. (number of legal abortions up to 2006, the latest year stats are available)

    July 17, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |

    Laws passed by stone cold sober patriots and paranoid old farts, with of course the weeping willows and willys who see danger everywhere, made the drug wars inevitable and very profitable no matter on which side of smoke you stood in.
    Medicinal pot is no more than an excuse to not be prosecuted for smoking the stuff. and to have enough money to enjoy other pleasures in life you shave a bud or cl
    one to sell now and then.
    Besides it is a stature thing as well to be associated with a cause.

    Pot today is damn far from being a natural weed, hell only rednecks and kids plant junk pot genetics when for a few bucks you can buy clones that once grown and processed then bagged are stronger than hash of ten years ago, finger candy left in bags damn near pure and could calm a raging elephant.
    No more than a game.

    July 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    So outside of your little profiling and name calling routine, you believe pot should be legalized and sold at KFC, McDonalds, where ever? And it's OK for a teen to profit $20,000 a month doing it? Yes or No?

    July 17, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • BL

      Of course it won't be sold at McDonald's. Just like beer isn't sold at those locations. When pot is legalized it will be sold in specialty stores that are heavily regulated, just like pharmaceutical. And as far as the kid profitting $20,000 a month, I say he must have a pretty good eye for business, and its terrible that his talents will be tarnished by an outdated, failed "war on drugs."

      July 25, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • agFinder

      Teens don't profit $20K/mth. when it's legal, businesses do, and selling it at KFC doesn't seem like a smart business decision so no, it probably wouldn't be sold there. You need to get over thinking it's dangerous. It can't kill you. At all. Ever. Even water can kill you if you drink too much. A bottle of whiskey can kill a full-grown man. It can't kill you. It isn't addictive. It's not a gateway drug. Get over the malarkey the Feds have sold you for 50 years.

      July 25, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Just who are "you" refering to, in your somewhat ambiguous comment. Because 1., if your refering to me, I don't care *who* watches me. 2. Unless there is someone using my screen name, I made no comment about Israel.
    So if it is me your referring to, you best think about *who* tracerts your I.P. address and archives what you say, and make no mistake about that.
    I would not say "anything" about anybody behind thier back, that I couldn't say right straight to thier face. 🙂

    July 17, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    I am still waiting for an answer.

    July 17, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |

    great you got one....lets make a big story out of it.....now its down to only 98,999,999 other teens who sell and do drugs. The war on drugs is a ridiculous waste of money and time. Also, damn I wish I was making that kind of money....maybe I should start selling???

    July 17, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dazzle ©

    Well at least the kid had an entrepreunerial spirit. Legalize it and tax the hell out of it like they do with cigarettes. Many cities now how have legalized it and doctor's can issue a prescription for medicinal purposes. I saw these pot shops in Colorado but of course they jumped the shark by putting it in candy, baked goods, and coffee. How many people can honestly say they never smoked weed in their lifetime?

    July 17, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Obama Mama

    @Philip – actually I rather make marijuana legal and outlaw alchohol. It is used for aids and HIV patients, they are healthier in weight and makes the nausea go away. The cancer patients have problems with weight and nausea also. It also helps with chronic pain and I think there are more autoimune diseases that it helps. You do not have to smoke it, it comes in lollypops, candy bars, etc... I think you of all people would think the benefits outweigh any drugs or alcohol. I believe it would also help people who cannot sleep or have minds that cannot slow down and other phycological problems. Maybe better than kids taking ridlin. And would be cheaper. Who knows the possibilities? If we never give it a chance. What got me started was alzheimers.

    July 17, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lee Fong Lumberyard (R-Ohio)"SALE: AK47's starting at $799 FREE SniperScope"

    @dazzle How many people can honestly say they never smoked weed in their lifetime?
    The President tried it but he didn't inhale.

    July 17, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @Jeff Frank- wasn't that Clinton?

      July 17, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Yes dazzle, Clinton.

    July 17, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • dazzle ©

      @Jeff Frank-that comment from Clinton was such bs.

      July 17, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    If you follow the dope scene here, they just about always bust 'em in packs. Some of the biggest busts I've ever seen around here just about always average 145 arrests. And buddy, they don't stop for nothing.

    July 17, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    You talk about marijuana? They take down the crystal meth labs. They take down LSD in the grade schools, some of the kids sell candy dots with LSD in them.
    Some on here whine about legalizing weed? Put childrens welfare ahead of yourselves.

    July 17, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. the 1 prophet

    Drugs are a direct result of bad public policy and government suboridations upon the people. Governments are no longer needed, capitalism is dead. Decro-Socialism is here

    July 18, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. nemo

    That stuff makes me wanna eat some mint chocolate chip ice cream and read a good book.....man.....i do sound like a dangerous man....and i should be locked up forever.....our government is run by insane ass hats

    July 20, 2012 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
  15. sbreezy

    waste of taxpayer money – waste of police time. The only thing this is going to do is cause more crime when someone else steps in to fill the demand.... cannabis prohibition is a crime against the people of this country

    July 23, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
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