Warren County, Ohio — An Ohio high school student has been arrested by police, who allege he is a drug kingpin, who ran a multimillion dollar ring, which distributed high-grade marijuana throughout two school districts, netting about $20,000 per month.
Yahoo News reports that when cops raided the 17-year-old’s bedroom, they found $6,000 in cash. Because the student was a minor (16) at the time of the drug deals, Warren County police have not released his name, and Prosecutor David Fornshell stated the boy will be tried in juvenile court.
According to ABC News, Cops were first tipped off last year to the 17-year-old’s drug ring when they received a tip that a hydroponic strain of marijuana was being sold for $350-$400 per ounce in the Mason school district near Cincinnati. Prosecutor Fornshell stated:
“The undercover officer uncovered six students or former students working for that individual and trafficking drugs in two school districts. The group supplied an overwhelming amount of marijuana in the Mason and King school districts.”
After the tip, an undercover agent began buying from the ring at Mason High School, where the teenager was enrolled. There, they uncovered the ring run by the 17-year-old student who is now in custody.
Fox News reports that Fornshell went on to say:
“There were strict orders not to sell at (the school) because you would get caught and the punishment would be severe.”
The Warren County Prosecutor described the teen as seeming “like someone who’d be in a church youth group or honor program,” saying that, “he clearly had a high level of intelligence, but it was very misguided.”
Drug Task Force Commander John Burke described the drug ring by saying:
“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.”
Through the 17-year-old kingpin, authorities were able to trace the drugs back to the source, tracing the supply to three different individuals who were growing the high-grade marijuana from houses in Norwood and Hamilton, as well as a furniture warehouse in Blue Ash. Burke stated that the adults, who range from age 20 to 58, were indicted on Friday, but were still being rounded up on Monday. They will all face multiple charges, which include possession, cultivation, and trafficking marijuana.