Nearly $4 million in marijuana, pot-laced candy, drinks and brownies seized in three counties

LEBANON, Ohio -- Nearly $4 million worth of high-grade marijuana – including pot-laced candy, drinks and brownies -- was seized Monday in an undercover operation through three counties.

Two people were arrested after authorities with the Warren County Drug Task Force, Ohio State Highway Patrol and other agencies worked together to remove about 750 pounds of the drug from Warren, Montgomery and Darke counties.

Each pound has a street value close to $5,000, according to task force Commander John J. Burke. A bulk of the pot came from marijuana dispensaries in Oregon, Colorado and California, where medicinal marijuana is legal.

The operation began Monday with the undercover purchase of 100 pounds of marijuana for $180,000 in Warren County, Burke said. Authorities then served six search warrants in Montgomery and Darke counties and uncovered even more drugs.

In their search, officers also obtained “a significant quantity” of hashish, as well as the marijuana-laced drinks, brownies and candy shaped like Sour Patch Kids. These are often sold in dispensaries in western states and transported to Ohio for resale, Burke said.

An undisclosed, but “large” amount of money was also seized in the investigation, which started several months prior to the seizure of the drugs.

The two people arrested were charged with trafficking. Burke said additional indictments are expected in the next few weeks.

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