Big Bust in Logan County
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Cardington, OH

#1 Sep 21, 2010
Anyone hear anything about the big marijuana bust in Logan County? The Examiner online listed all the agencies involved in the investigation and it looks MAJOR!! It said even the Homeland Security, Cleveland Office was involved. Not just your small time growers we usually have around here!!
Channel 7 will give details on the 5 O'clock segment and the Examiner after the 3 o'clock press conference.
Cut n Paste

Johnstown, OH

#2 Sep 21, 2010
COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray hosts a press conference at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Ohio Attorney General’s Office in Columbus to announce the bust of a large-scale marijuana growing operation, which includes a plot in Logan County.

This bust involves multiple arrests, multiple marijuana growing locations and thousands of marijuana plants, as well as investigation of a metropolitan location believed to be involved in the operation.

Logan County Sheriff Andrew Smith also participates in the press conference, along with Muskingum County Sheriff Matthew Lutz; Kenneth L. Parker, drug task force chief, Office of Carter Stewart, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Tom Harter, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, Cleveland Office.

Investigators report this marijuana operation is one of an increasing number allegedly connected to Mexican nationals who are cultivating and trafficking marijuana in Ohio.

Further information will be available after the press conference.
www.examiner.org/index.php...

“None genuine without this seal”

Since: May 09

Logan County, Ohio

#3 Sep 21, 2010
Yes, several weeks ago sherrif's deputies and DEA agents proudly recovered 3 scraggly marijuana plants from a soy bean field adjacent to the Middleburg Ball Diamond following a three-hour aerial and ground search that required the services of two hellicopters, a single-engine plane, eight cruisers and numerous officers. Way to go, idiot wastrels. Burn all those tax dollars and pot plants while you still have jobs! The people of America are about fed up with your gigantic booondoggle.
Cut n Paste

Johnstown, OH

#4 Sep 21, 2010
FROM WPKO WEBSITE:

Marijuana megafarm discovered in Logan County

09/21/2010

The State Attorney General’s Office reports that local, state, and federal authorities teamed up to recently bust a couple of large-scale marijuana growing operations in Ohio – including one in Logan County.

A crew of 11 Mexican nationals, including their alleged ringleader, was arrested Monday as the result of a three-month-long investigation into marijuana megafarms, several of which have cropped up throughout Ohio this year, Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray announced today.

“It’s rare for investigators to make arrests in these kinds of marijuana growing operations, and to have arrested 11 individuals surprised even the most seasoned of investigators,” said Attorney General Cordray.“I cannot overemphasize the importance of successfully and safely arresting the alleged ringleader of this operation and his crew. It could be instrumental to further understanding and shutting down this cancerous practice that has been spreading to Ohio.”

Logan County Sheriff Andy Smith; Muskingum County Sheriff Matthew Lutz; Kenneth L. Parker, Drug Task Force Chief, U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Ohio; Tom Harter, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations/Cleveland; and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Robert L. Corso joined Attorney General Cordray to announce the arrests.

Listen to the complete news conference, including comments from Sheriff Smith.

Information about those arrested can be found at www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/LoganMuskingumBus... , including names and photos. The suspects are in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service and have been transported to U.S. District Court in Dayton where they had an initial appearance before a federal magistrate today. All 11 suspects face charges of conspiracy to cultivate more than 100 marijuana plants, a crime punishable by at least five and up to 40 years in prison if the suspect is found guilty.

The Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI) initiated the investigation into the megafarms after a tip was received in June from two hunters who stumbled upon dozens of marijuana plants being cultivated on an outdoor parcel in a rural area of Logan County near Zanesfield. BCI partnered with local and federal authorities to monitor marijuana cultivation activity in that area. They believe the ringleader, based in Columbus, drove his workers to the site to camp for a period of time so they could tend their marijuana crop.

According to Sheriff Smith:“When my detectives originally checked out the tip, we found a campsite setting, indicating these growers were here often – not only to cultivate, but also to protect their plants. We believe the group spent part of each week at the Logan County location. Then, in early August, we discovered another similar crop in Muskingum County that we believe is the work of the same group.”

The second marijuana field was located near the town of Adams Mills, next to the Muskingum River, according to Sheriff Lutz.“We had to move the plants out of the area by boat so as not to harm corn crops nearby – that’s how close this operation was to legitimate farm fields.”

Agents from BCI, DEA, the Homeland Security Investigations team of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Columbus Division of Police also executed a search warrant Monday on a Columbus apartment along Clybourne Road believed to be the residence of the alleged ringleader.

These cases will be prosecuted by the office of Carter Stewart, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio.

The DEA estimates that one mature marijuana plant can produce one kilo of marijuana, or about 2.2 pounds, with a current street value of approximately $2,200. Therefore, the more than 2,500 plants seized today would have an estimated worth of well over $5 million.
Cut n Paste

Johnstown, OH

#5 Sep 21, 2010
BCI leads the state’s Outdoor Marijuana Eradication program during summer months, relying heavily on tools such as helicopters, all-terrain vehicles and partnerships with local county sheriff’s offices and other law enforcement agencies around the state.

Today’s seizures bring the number of marijuana plants found in Ohio in 2010 to approximately 60,000, with the outdoor marijuana eradication still several weeks from completion. In 2009, approximately 48,000 plants were seized.

The BCI Outdoor Marijuana Eradication effort is active in a majority of Ohio counties, and often returns to individual counties multiple times during the season. The program reaches all four Ohio regions – Northwest, Northeast, Southeast and Southwest. Southeast Ohio generally leads the others in number of plants seized, based largely on the topography and favorable growing conditions found there.

To view videotaped images of Monday’s bust, visit www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/LoganMuskingumVid... . Photos of this marijuana bust can be found at www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov/LoganMuskingumBus...

“None genuine without this seal”

Since: May 09

Logan County, Ohio

#6 Sep 21, 2010
"All 11 suspects face charges of conspiracy to cultivate more than 100 marijuana plants"!!! BwwwhHAHHAHA. Let's get our numbers straight eh? Is it 100 plants or 2,500? Or couldn't the investigators get a consistent count? If legislators would just do the right thing and decriminalize marijuana cultivation and use, the problem would just go away. And Homeland Security could go back to terrorizing innocent young boys at airports for having the same name as a known terrorist. Boy I'm tellin ya, what sort of IQ does it take to get into government and law enforcement these days???
BCI

West Manchester, OH

#7 Sep 21, 2010
MollyHigh wrote:
"All 11 suspects face charges of conspiracy to cultivate more than 100 marijuana plants"!!! BwwwhHAHHAHA. Let's get our numbers straight eh? Is it 100 plants or 2,500? Or couldn't the investigators get a consistent count? If legislators would just do the right thing and decriminalize marijuana cultivation and use, the problem would just go away. And Homeland Security could go back to terrorizing innocent young boys at airports for having the same name as a known terrorist. Boy I'm tellin ya, what sort of IQ does it take to get into government and law enforcement these days???
MH stoned again. Sad.
gary

Bellville, OH

#8 Sep 21, 2010
meanwhile heroin continues to kill our young. those plants didnt even have any buds on them.
animal control

Huntsville, OH

#9 Sep 21, 2010
NOW,
We need more honest hard working ileagal mexican's here B-cause theres not enough of the 400M americans here to do all the work...?

Support Somolia...Buy a new ohio assembled honda

“None genuine without this seal”

Since: May 09

Logan County, Ohio

#10 Sep 21, 2010
BCI wrote:
<quoted text>
MH stoned again. Sad.
Nancy M busted again. Sad.

Since: Jan 09

Bellefontaine, Ohio

#11 Sep 21, 2010
The reason marijuana is still illegal is because it's so profitable -- for the cops. Local law enforcement gets state and federal tax dollars to fight the war on drugs that they declared. Marijuana is less dangerous than aspirin. No one has ever died from a marijuana overdose. It should have been legalized half a century ago. The real drug problem involves prescription drugs which goes completely unchecked. Another example of what hypocrites you all are.

“None genuine without this seal”

Since: May 09

Logan County, Ohio

#12 Sep 21, 2010
Right, b_town_bob, ole buddy! You finally said someting sensible and we can agree. I'll toke to that!
animal control

Huntsville, OH

#13 Sep 21, 2010
In the future..There will be no mo newpaper'z..
I will be UR future
and you will like it..cause I'm cheap
Miami

Bedford, OH

#14 Sep 21, 2010
MollyHigh wrote:
Right, b_town_bob, ole buddy! You finally said someting sensible and we can agree. I'll toke to that!
It's the only sensible thing he's ever said.
Rosanna Banana

Centerburg, OH

#15 Sep 21, 2010
Do you do hos calls, aminule control? My sista Nantsi needs one. She be in a badly funk laitilly.
notbelievinthena ds

Bucyrus, OH

#16 Sep 21, 2010
animal control wrote:
NOW,
We need more honest hard working ileagal mexican's here B-cause theres not enough of the 400M americans here to do all the work...?
Support Somolia...Buy a new ohio assembled honda
LOL...what a clown you are. You really DON'T have a clue do you? Explain to me why you don't want to work at Honda, and as you do, you will explain the reason for most companies are hiring help like this.
notbelievinthena ds

Bucyrus, OH

#17 Sep 21, 2010
But to the actual post, treat it like any other cash crop. Barley, hops, etc..what's the difference to the end user? The processing cost..that's it. It actually is a more profitable crop than those used to produce beer or liquor, since pot can achieve the buzz in essentially an unprocessed condition. So if the govt. had any sense at all, they'd legalize it, and reap the benefits up front, instead of the backdoor way they are now.
Rosanna Banana

Centerburg, OH

#18 Sep 21, 2010
The Drug War is only a legal fiction for training wannabe Ninjas to break into your homes at 4 am at some future date. Support your local Gestapo. The New World Order requires it.

Since: Jun 07

Location hidden

#19 Sep 21, 2010
MollyHigh wrote:
<quoted text>
Nancy M busted again. Sad.
Yep! Now ya know how Nancy Pants judges all her own posts.

Busted, beeyotch!
hOTHEAD uGLY

Mount Vernon, OH

#20 Sep 21, 2010
BCI wrote:
<quoted text>
MH stoned again. Sad.
Come on Nancy

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