Three men are in jail, including a 75-year-old Indianapolis man, after the RANGE Task Force broke up an alleged multistate marijuana ring Tuesday, confiscating 60 pounds of the drug, a small amount of cocaine, more than $206,000 in cash and four weapons.
Sheriff Phil Plummer said the task force and the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation had information that a major drug buy was scheduled to happen Tuesday.
Officers staked out the parking lot of the Hampton Inn Suites in Englewood to videotape the buy. After the transaction, task force members stopped a car on Interstate 75 and another on Interstate 70. They found marijuana and cash. As a result of the stops, deputies executed search warrants on two locations in Dayton, one in Moraine and one in West Carrollton, where they found more drugs, cash and the weapons.
“This has disrupted a Indianapolis-Dayton trafficking network,” Plummer said. “The marijuana comes from Indianapolis and is sold on the streets of Dayton. We have slowed them down.
“This was a very good bust. We don’t often seize this much drugs and this much cash.”
Arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking were:
- Gregory Horne Jr., 33, of Moraine
- David Cohorn, 28, of Dayton
- Lamont “Pops” Richardson, 75, of Indianapolis
Two rifles — both .22 caliber — and two handguns were confiscated, along with three vehicles and some cocaine in addition to the marijuana.
Plummer said the ring had operated in the area of a while and sold to street-level dealers.
“The investigation is continuing and there are likely to be more arrests,” the sheriff said. “These people were making big money while destroying lives.”