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...
A Zanesville father and son plead guilty to drug charges.
51-year-old Alfred Stires and 25-year-old Michael Stires both appeared in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court Wednesday where they each entered guilty pleas to a felony charge of cultivation of marijuana.
Assistant Prosecutor Bob Smith says in August of last year deputies from the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office discovered marijuana plants growing outside their home on Pinkerton Road.
It has been a busy year for law enforcement when it come to finding marijuana plants, the most since 1997.
Ohio authorities have recovered more than 70,000 plants this year. Approximately 9,000 were discovered in Muskingum County which nets a street value of close to $1 million. Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz says over the years, most cases have shifted from local drug dealers growing plants, to larger commercial operations involving illegal immigrants.
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,...
The Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office says it has found over 200 marijuana plants growing in a field. Sheriff Tim Rogers says this past week his department participated in Ohio Attorney Genera Richard Cordray’s program of marijuana eradication. The Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation provided a helicopter and special agents to help find the pot. The Sheriff says the value of the plants is 200,000 dollars. So far no charges have been filed in the case.
A Coshocton car dealer is facing one felony count of marijuana trafficking.
51-year-old Ricky "Mousie" Miller was arrested Monday and has been released on bond.
The Sheriff's Office conducted a search warrant last week at Five Point Auto Sales on Chestnut Street. Deputies say they found nine pounds of marijuana, $15,000 in cash, a set of scales, and packing material at the scene.
A preliminary hearing has been set for Miller on August 26th at 11:30 a.m.
155 marijuana plants are taken into custody in Morgan County.
The sheriff's office indicates a few plants were found on Glenn Cordray Road and Apperson Lane Road in Morgan Township with 45 plants being found on Pleasant Valley Road in Union Township last week. The rest were scattered in various locations.
Several agencies aided in the bust, including the Ohio BCI, McConnelsville Police Department, the Washington County Sheriff's Office, and the Marietta Police Department.