A 17-year-old high school student is suspected of leading a large scale marijuana distribution ring in Ohio, which brought in an estimated $20,000 monthly.
Police worked their way up to the leader by first arresting other individuals suspected of working within lower levels of the drug ring, such as growers and dealers. When the 17-year-old was arrested by the sheriff’s office, there was $6,000 in his closet. In addition, police seized over 600 hydroponically grown marijuana plants from people involved in the drug ring.
The leader, who the Hamilton County Prosecutor, David Fornshell, described as being like, “someone who’d be in a church youth group or honors program,” was under investigation for over a year. He has allegedly been selling marijuana since he was 15 years old.
According to Drug Task Force Commander John Burke, “He was selling to six other people who were kind of like his lieutenants. Then they were distributing the drugs to other high school students.”
In addition to the ring leader, seven adults were also arrested in connection to the drug ring. The adults ranged in age from 20 to 58. Other students who participated in selling the drugs may also be arrested. Police are still working to round up all of the suspects. The suspects face multiple charges including marijuana possession, marijuana cultivation, and marijuana trafficking.
Since the ring leader is still a minor, his case will be heard in Juvenile Court.