In an elaborate undercover operation, authorities in Ohio seized nearly $4 million in marijuana shipped from medical dispensaries in California, Colorado, and Oregon. Along with the leaf itself, candies, drinks and brownies laced with the potent drug were also part of the haul.
According to the reports of several outlets, the Warren County Drug Task Force, Ohio State Highway Patrol and other officials worked in tandem across three Ohio counties to shut down the shipment of edible pot and weed. Warren, Montgomery and Drake counties were the areas the operation took place, taking down Bradley O'Neal, 26, and Casey Oakes, 27, with several other indictments to come.
O'Neal and Oakes purchased 100 pounds of marijuana for $180,000 in Warren County from undercover officers, resulting in cops establishing six search warrants across Montgomery and Drake counties. Each pound has a street value close to $5,000, said task force Commander John J. Burke.
The bust yielded an array of edible marijuana-laced items such as brownies, candies and drinks. Ohio has been dealing with an uptick in these manner of busts for the past year, which seems to have a connection with medical marijuana centers found on the West Coast.
Also on the national radar recently was the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's seizure last week of a truck that was supposed to be carrying Mexican squash into lower Texas but instead was hiding pounds of marijuana with a street value of $10.1 million.
The Warren County Drug Task Force press release can be read here.
Hit the following pages to see the photos of the Ohio weed bust and mugshots for O'Neal and Oakes on the following pages.
Photos: Warren County Drug Task Force, Ohio State Highway Patrol