Stories tagged with: Ayala

April 15, 2011 - 10:11am
3 years 46 weeks ago

As alleged ringleader, Hugo Ayala, of a large marijuana growing operation pleads guilty yesterday, Sheriff Matt Lutz reacts to the magnitude of the case.

Sheriff Lutz says cases like this one involve numerous departments creating a lot of work, so it's gratifying to see justice being served.  He also adds that locations, like Ohio, attract people who are involved in growing operations.

"Obviously, Muskingum County, we have 680 square miles in this county. A lot of that...

April 14, 2011 - 3:04pm
3 years 46 weeks ago

The alleged ringleader of a large marijuana growing operation in Muskingum County pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon in United State Federal Court in Dayton. Investigators say 41-year-old Hugo Ayala of Columbus and ten other Mexican Nationals were arrested following the September seizure of thousands of marijuana plants in two separate plots in Adams Mills. All were charged with conspiracy to manufacture marijuana and have been detained since their arrests. Court officials say Ayala will be...

September 21, 2010 - 6:55pm
4 years 23 weeks ago

The Mexican drug cartel is present in Ohio. The Ohio Attorney General's Office says the group was growing thousands of marijuana plants in both Muskingum and Logan counties before federal, state, and local authorities busted these operations this week. It brings the number of marijuana plants seized in Ohio this year to 60,000.

"We don't get too many moments like this in law enforcement. It's rare for investigators to make arrests in these kinds of marijuana growing operations,...

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