Stories tagged with: marijuana

May 16, 2013 - 5:53pm
2 years 11 weeks ago

The Muskingum County Sheriff's Office and the Zanesville Police Department's drug unit have seized over $200,000 worth of methamphetamine and marijuana after months of investigation.

"Most of this was deliveries coming through the postal service. We did do a search at his residence and found some items there but for the most part this investigation was done through the postal service and using some good police techniques we have used for several years on trying to maintain the...

April 26, 2013 - 6:52pm
2 years 13 weeks ago

An Ohio state representative plans to introduce a bill to make medical marijauna use legal in Ohio. Some people are skeptical of its benefits.

State Representative Bob Hagan says he is tired of watching people suffer who would otherwise benefit from the drug. Executive Director of Muskingum Behavioral Health, Steve Carrel says marijuana use comes with its own set of negative health concerns.

"We know that that anything smoked increases cancer, increases heart rates and...

December 18, 2012 - 10:55am
2 years 32 weeks ago

A Columbus man faces charges in connection to drugs found during a traffic stop in Hocking County.

Troopers said 32-year-old Michael Hills was incarcerated in the Athens Regional Jail and charged with trafficking in marijuana, a third degree felony.

Troopers said the stopped a 2012 Dodge Charger with an Illinois registration for a speed violation on US 33 around 8:30p.m. Monday night.

Troopers said a drug sniffing dog alerted the patrol to the vehicle and a search revealed...

September 19, 2011 - 12:47pm
3 years 45 weeks ago

A Zanesville man is sentenced Monday on multiple drug charges.

21-year-old Dylan Marshall appeared in Muskingum County Common Pleas Court where Judge Mark Fleegle placed Marshall on community control for two years and he must perform 200 hours of public service.

Marshall plead guilty last month to charges of cultivation and possession of marijuana stemming from an incident in June of 2010.

If Marshall doesn't complete his sentence as ordered, he...

August 4, 2011 - 7:47pm
3 years 51 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 - 11:11am
4 years 15 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 - 1:44pm
4 years 23 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 - 4:47pm
4 years 40 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 - 7:55pm
4 years 45 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 - 2:15pm
4 years 46 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.

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