Ohio High School Kingpin Arrested in Major Drug Bust

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[h=1]Ohio High School Kingpin Arrested in Major Drug Bust[/h]

Ohio police have arrested an alleged drug kingpin, a 17-year-old accused of running a multimillion dollar ring that distributed high-grade marijuana through two school districts and netted $20,000 a month.

When cops raided the boy's bedroom at his parents' home, they found over $6,000 in cash, prosecutors said.

Authorities have not released the student's name, because he was a 16-year-old minor at the time he committed the alleged drug deals. Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said the boy will be tried as juvenile.

Cops first became aware of a high-grade hydroponic strain of marijuana being sold for $350-$400 an ounce in the Mason school district near Cincinnati last year. An undercover agent began making buys at Mason High School, where the teenager was a student, and uncovered a dealing operation headed by the arrested student.

"The undercover officer uncovered six students or former students working for that individual and trafficking drugs in two school districts," Fornshell told ABC News.

"The group supplied an overwhelming amount of marijuana in the Mason and King school districts," Fornshell said.

The marijuana previously sold in the areas was a lower-grade variety smuggled into the U.S. through the border, but the weed they began seeing last year was a much more expensive product.

The student helped lead cops to uncover a major grow operation, run by locals out of warehouses and other buildings in three nearby towns.

Six other adult individuals were ultimately arrested for their role in growing and distributing the drug.

Authorities seized 600 plants from the three grow houses, with an estimated street value of $3 million.

All of the individuals have been indicted by a grand jury, but have yet to be arraigned or enter pleas.
Legalize it.
 

Norm Stansfield

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Authorities seized 600 plants from the three grow houses, with an estimated street value of $3 million.
What if I get caught with one tiny bag, containing 600 marijuana seeds. Am I also running a million dollar operation, because their estimated planted and street value is $3 million?
 
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Pretty much... Mind you still not as bad as:
Tourists warned of UAE drug laws

Travellers to the United Arab Emirates are being warned about its severe drug laws which have seen dozens detained for apparently minor offences.

Fair Trials International said arrests were being made over tiny quantities of drugs and over-the-counter medicines.

British tourist Keith Brown was sentenced to four years in prison after Dubai customs officers found a 0.003g trace of cannabis stuck to his shoe.

Fair Trials, a legal charity, said it has seen a steep rise in such cases.

Golden beaches

Possession of painkillers like codeine and some cold and flu medication could result in a mandatory four-year prison sentence, Fair Trials International said.

In one of the most extreme cases, it reported a man being held after poppy seeds from a bread roll were found on his clothes.

In recent years, chic hotels, skyscrapers and golden beaches have turned Dubai and Abu Dhabi into popular tourist destinations.

Businesses too have flocked to the UAE, which promises a high standard of living because of its oil wealth.

However, while it is considered one of the most liberal countries in the Gulf, the Muslim country's drugs laws are severe.

Last year, 59 Britons were arrested in the UAE on drugs-related charges, according to the Foreign Office.

Catherine Wolthuizen, chief executive of Fair Trials International, said customs authorities were using highly sensitive new equipment to conduct thorough searches on travellers.

"So many people now travel to Dubai and, as we're seeing, many have no idea what risks they're taking or their vulnerability to this very strict approach," she said.

"If they find any amount - no matter how minute - it will be enough to attract a mandatory four-year prison sentence.

"What many travellers may not realise is that they can be deemed to be in possession of such banned substances if they can be detected in their urine or bloodstream, or even in tiny, trace amounts on their person."

Jet-lag tablets

Keith Brown and his wife had been on their way from London to Ethiopia when they were stopped and searched at Dubai airport.

At first customs officers found nothing, but then a roll-up cigarette was spotted caught in the tread of his shoe.

The 43-year-old, from Middlesex, was charged with possession of 0.003g of cannabis and was sentenced to four years in prison.

British resident Cat Le-Huy was arrested in Dubai for carrying Melatonin jet-lag tablets, which are sold over the counter in the US and Dubai.

Mr Le-Huy told BBC News he was forced to sign a document in Arabic and was refused a translator.

He said once the tablets were proved to be Melatonin, police took what he described as dirt from his bag and said they were now testing it to see if it was cannabis.

Speaking from inside the prison, he said he knew nothing of any drugs in his bag.

"I suppose there's a sense of disbelief more than anything else. I miss my friends and family back in London and I'm also aware of the other stress this is causing to friends and family.

"As far as my welfare, I'm being treated relatively well and I have to go through the system and whatever path that takes, I'll just have to deal with it."

Bread roll

Aside from illegal substances, travellers have also been held for possession of prescription drugs.

Tracy Wilkinson was held in custody for eight weeks before customs officers accepted the codeine she was carrying had been prescribed by her doctor for back pains.

Meanwhile, a Swiss national is serving a four-year jail term after three poppy seeds from a bread roll he ate at Heathrow airport were found on his clothes.

Fair Trials International has published a full list of banned substances on its website.

The Foreign Office is advising all travellers carrying any prescription drugs to take a doctor's letter detailing exactly why they need the medicine and the exact dose.

The UAE Embassy in London said it would not comment at this stage.

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Lord Zero

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The kid found a way to make money. Good for him.

By the way, getting rid of him isn't going to make a dent in the amount of marijuana use among those schools' student bodies. They'll just start getting it from their friends like they used to.
 

JoeyDVDZ

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If this kid was running a multi-million dollar operation, why was he found with only $6k? Where's the money?
 

peewee

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If this kid was running a multi-million dollar operation, why was he found with only $6k? Where's the money?
Chances are he made a lot of money for someone else and spent his share as quick as he made it. When I was in HS I made a ton of money and spent it all. I was living at home with my parents, I had everything I could ever want and spent money like it grew on trees.
 

whiskeyguy

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Chances are he made a lot of money for someone else and spent his share as quick as he made it. When I was in HS I made a ton of money and spent it all. I was living at home with my parents, I had everything I could ever want and spent money like it grew on trees.
Same here, which definitely worsened the shock of moving away for college. Luckily, the binge drinking and young sluts running around helped me get over that quickly.
 
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Ohio police have arrested an alleged drug kingpin, a 17-year-old accused of running a[highlight]multimillion[/highlight] dollar ring that distributed high-grade marijuana through two school districts and netted [highlight]$20,000 a month[/highlight].
Let's assume $2M is the lowest amount that could be defined as "multimillion". At $20k/month it would take more than 8 years to reach 2 million. Are we to believe this kid has been a drug kingpin since the age of 7 or 8?
 

lajikal

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Let's assume $2M is the lowest amount that could be defined as "multimillion". At $20k/month it would take more than 8 years to reach 2 million. Are we to believe this kid has been a drug kingpin since the age of 7 or 8?
Media/law enforcement hyperbole. Looked like he was in charge of the school distributions and not the whole operation like tagged, which total retail value could be worth that much.
 
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