Stories tagged with: marijuana

August 4, 2011 - 6:47pm
3 years 29 weeks ago

More than 600 marijuana plants were discovered at a home in Thornville Thursday.

Detectives with the Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force conducted a search at 12162 State Route 188 after receiving a tip that marijuana was being grown.

Authorities found 611 marijuana plants and hydroponic growing equipment. It's estimated as having a street value of more than $500,000.

Two people were at the home, however they were not arrested and names will not be released until...

April 15, 2011 - 10:11am
3 years 45 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...

February 16, 2011 - 12:44pm
4 years 2 weeks ago

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.

Judge Fleegle...

October 20, 2010 - 3:47pm
4 years 19 weeks ago

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.

"Now, instead of...

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,...

September 10, 2010 - 1:15pm
4 years 24 weeks ago

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.

August 17, 2010 - 3:15pm
4 years 28 weeks ago

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.

The...

August 5, 2010 - 3:33pm
4 years 29 weeks ago

The Central Ohio Drug Task Force is announcing a $2 million drug bust.

According to the Task Force on Wednesday authorities discovered 2500 marijuana plants in southern Bowling Green Township in Licking County.

The plants were found during a routine flyover by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

The Licking, Muskingum and Perry County Sheriff's Departments along with the B.C.I and Central Ohio Drug Task Force worked to clear off a portion of the woods where the crop was...

August 3, 2010 - 10:36am
4 years 30 weeks ago

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.

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July 30, 2010 - 7:24pm
4 years 30 weeks ago

After uprooting more than 6,000 marijuana plants, the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office feels they are putting a dent in Ohio's drug problem.

On Thursday approximately three to five miles off of the beaten path in Adams Township, a Bureau of Criminal Investigations helicopter spotted a plot of marijuana plants. Sheriff Matt Lutz says that the location is a prime spot for such activity, comparing it to a similar plot the Sheriff's Office found nearly a year ago. Remote, and desolate...

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