4 nabbed in Kettering, Springboro, Dayton drug raids await trial

Four people nabbed during a long-term investigation into a marijuana operation across Kettering, Springboro and Dayton await trial. 

In all, five men and women were arrested Feb. 21 as the Tactical Crime Suppression Unit, RANGE Task Force and Warren County Drug Task Force executed search warrants at seven locations.

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Police said the raids were a result of a seven-month investigation into a large marijuana grow and distribution operation allegedly led by Robert Carls III and Billy J. Peyton, who was arrested earlier in February. 

Carls, 35, of Kettering, is due in court Thursday for a court scheduling conference. He was indicted in February for two counts of trafficking in marijuana and one count of misdemeanor marijuana possession. He has pleaded not guilty, records show. 

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Peyton, 30, of Springboro, was indicted July 26 for engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, as well as five counts of aggravated possession of drugs; three counts of illegal cultivation of marijuana; five counts of possession of marijuana; one count of possession of hashish; two counts possession of criminal tools; and one count of misdemeanor drug possession. He is pleading not guilty and has a court scheduling conference set for Aug. 20. 

Travis Brunk, 35, of Dayton, also was indicted July 26. He is charged with illegal cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana, both with one-year firearm specifications; and possession of criminal tools. 

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Luke Cochran, 34, of Dayton, pleaded not guilty this week following his indictment Aug. 9 on six aggravated possession of drugs charges and two drug possession charges, each with a one-year firearm specification. 

Two other people arrested during the raids, Tranell Brooks and Jennifer Thobe, have not been indicted.

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