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BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio — Hundreds of pounds of marijuana seized in Fairfield and Cincinnati this week likely wasn’t the first act in the area by a drug cartel, according to law enforcement.
Six people were arrested as part of the month-long investigation by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and the Butler County Undercover Regional Narcotics Taskforce.
The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are likely, according to Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones.
“This is definitely not the first load they did,” DEA Agent Tim Reagan said. “We are confident four or five times at least they ran this up into this area.”
The alleged smugglers brought the 600 pounds of marijuana to Fairfield from Mexico by concealing it inside the walls of a semi tractor-trailer, Reagan and Jones said at a news conference Wednesday morning.
Jones said four suspects unloaded the marijuana at an antique mall parking lot on Ohio 4 in Fairfield. Undercover agents and deputies watched the suspects for six hours before moving in and arresting them, he said.
“They got into the semi truck, and at that point, the doors were locked,” Jones said. “They were inside, taking the walls apart inside the truck. At that point, the doors were opened, the marijuana was put into the U-Haul truck, and at that point, there was a stop made in Fairfield.”
Jones put the marijuana’s street value at $500,000.
One-third of the cargo — 200 pounds — went to the home of a Cincinnati Police employee, Reagan and Jones said.
Teneal Poole, 36, and her boyfriend, Damian Gray of Silverton, were arrested as part of the investigation. Police said Poole, a Cincinnati Police dispatch supervisor, allowed her live-in boyfriend to store several hundred pounds