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Published: Thursday, March 08, 2018 @ 12:37 PM
CINCINNATI — Middletown police special operations officers along with county, state and federal law enforcement agencies announced Thursday the conclusion of a yearlong investigation into a large-scale drug trafficking and money laundering operation that stretched from Middletown throughout Ohio and extended as far as the West Coast.
According to the city officials, the investigation gained ground when, in August 2017, the Middletown Special Operations Division, along with Ohio State Highway Patrol, seized five kilograms, or about 11 pounds, of heroin and fentanyl. The drugs seized that day had a street value of $1.4 million, and the investigation traced the source to drug trafficking by the Sinaloa Drug Cartel in Mexico.
During the entire investigation, which included the Ohio Highway Patrol, the Warren County Drug Task Force, Cincinnati police, the Preble County Prosecutor’s Office and the FBI divisions in Cincinnati, Cleveland and San Diego, large quantities of drugs, money and weapons were seized.
As a result of the federal investigation and seizures, a federal grand jury has charged 12 individuals in a narcotics and money laundering conspiracy in a superseding indictment unsealed in Cincinnati on Thursday. Members of the group allegedly distributed fentanyl from Mexico in Middletown and sent proceeds back to the Sinaloa Drug Cartel in Mexico.
In addition, 40 defendants have been charged in San Diego, and additional defendants have been charged in Columbus, the Eastern District of Kentucky, the District of Kansas and the Eastern District of Washington.
Those charged in the Cincinnati case include:
The superseding indictment details that the Ohio drug trafficking organization primarily conducted fentanyl sales in Middletown and received the narcotics from Mexico via Chavez-Meraz. The drugs would initially enter the United States at locations in California and Arizona, where “drug mules” would then retrieve the drugs for transport to southern Ohio.
Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 4:49 AM
DAYTON — Dayton police and fire responded to calls of a car fire in the parking lot of Dayton Supply and Tool Sunday.
The call came in around 3:40 a.m. at the location of 140 N. Keowee St. in Dayton.
The driver of the vehicle was the only one involved and not injured.
The cause of the fire was not known.
Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 12:35 AM
— Mostly sunny skies are expected today, which will be a nice day with highs in the lower 50s, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.
Tonight: A few more clouds are expected overnight as temperatures drop into the lower 30s.
Monday: Clouds will increase through the day with highs in the lower to middle 50s. The chance for rain returns in the evening, and with temperatures falling past sunset, a few wet flakes may mix in as well.
Tuesday: A few lingering snow showers or a wintry mix will be possible early. Mostly cloudy skies are expected with highs in the lower to middle 40s.
Wednesday: The chance for any snow looks small, but can’t be ruled out. It’ll be a cold day with highs in the upper 30s.
Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 1:35 AM
Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 1:35 AM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 1:59 a.m.:
There were no reported injuries in a reported shots fired incident at K-9 Club in Dayton.
Crews are on scene of a reported shots fired at K-9 Club in Dayton located at 5100 Germantown Pike, according to regional dispatch.
The call came in around 1:15 a.m. Sunday, per initial reports.
Published: Tuesday, February 06, 2018 @ 8:09 AM
SAN DIEGO — Never underestimate the marketing innovation of today’s youth.
The girl and her father, whose identities are not being revealed, said they sold 312 boxes of cookies in a few hours during Super Bowl weekend, KGTV reported. The girl did not set up on the property of the dispensary, but was in plain view of the building, KGTV reported.
So customers craving Thin Mints, S’mores or Samoas had a convenient place to buy them.
However, the dispensary posted a photo on Instagram showing the girl with boxes of cookies in front of the business.
“Get some Girl Scout Cookies with your GSC today until 4 p.m.! Have a friend that wants to #tagalong? Bring them with -- shopping is more fun with friends anyways," the company wrote on the Instagram post. "GSC" refers to a product flavored like Girl Scout Cookies, KGTV reported.
California has legalized recreational marijuana for sale and consumption, but selling the cookies outside a dispensary has drawn criticism with some calling it bad parenting, the Union-Tribune reported.
A spokesman for the Girl Scouts said there are rules for selling cookies outside businesses. Mary Doyle, the organization’s communications director, told the Union-Tribune in a statement that Girl Scouts can set up booths outside businesses if they get a permit from the owner and sell between Feb. 9 and March 11. She added that a marijuana dispensary is not an approved site for booth sales.
But since the girl had cookies loaded in a rolling cart, was staying on the sidewalk and was accompanied by an adult, she was technically within the rules, Alison Bushan, a spokeswoman for Girl Scouts San Diego, told the Union-Tribune.
"So if that's what they say they were doing … then they were right within the rules," Bushan told KGTV.
Bushan said Girl Scouts can only sell cookies on “walk-abouts” in neighborhoods. Urbn Leaf is located in a commercial zone, the Union-Tribune reported.
I don't wanna burst anyones bubble but I wonder if it sets a good, moral standard for girl scouts to associate themselves with the munchies. I mean, on one end, its brilliant! On the other, "Pot and Girl Scout Fundraising go hand in hand" might not be the headline you want.— MarkB28 (@ColoradosMark) February 4, 2018