Investigators: Ohio teen suspected in drug ring

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Associated Press

Posted on July 16, 2012 at 4:34 PM

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — Sheriff's investigators in southwestern Ohio say a 17-year-old high school student is at the center of a high-grade marijuana distribution ring that was raking in as much as $20,000 a month.

The Warren County Drug Task Force said Monday that the yearlong investigation culminated in the arrest of the teen and seven adults. Investigators say the Mason High School student who is believed to have started the operation had $6,000 in cash in his bedroom when officers arrived with a search warrant.

Warrants also were served Friday in the Cincinnati-area communities of Blue Ash, Norwood and Hamilton. Investigators say they seized more than 600 hydroponically grown marijuana plants with a street value of around $3 million.

Sheriff's officials have not released the names of those charged. Other students who allegedly worked under the teen may eventually be charged also.

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