Mason teen pleads guilty in pot ring

LEBANON, Ohio - A Mason High School student accused of running a multi-million dollar marijuana ring says he's guilty.

The 17-year-old entered his plea during a hearing at Warren County Juvenile Court Tuesday afternoon.

The teen admitted to one count of possession of a controlled substance and a second count of preparing marijuana for delivery and distribution.

Earlier this month, a grand jury indicted the teen on several counts of drug trafficking after drug agents say he ran a local marijuana ring and employed several other Mason High School students in the process.

The teen led police to a $3 million growing operation earlier this month. Agents seized more than 600 high-grade marijuana plants at locations in Blue Ash, Norwood and Hamilton.

Prosecutor David Fornshell says the teen showed remorse in the courtroom and he said he hopes this is an example for other teens who are selling drugs in the area.

"I think the level of marijuana that was being sold here was significant, this was a very intelligent young man, he was very misguided in what he was putting his efforts toward," said Fornshell.

The maximum sentence for the teen is jail until he's 21 but he could get probation or house arrest. He will be sentenced within the next 30 days.

"Whatever punishment the court levies will put him on the right path, and ultimately someone who is this intelligent can hopefully use those efforts to benefit society, as opposed to causing harm to society," said Fornshell.

A judge will make the final decision on what sentence the teen receives.

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