A local couple and two others are accused of operating a ring that transported marijuana between Tucson, Arizona, and Columbus, according to federal charges filed this week.
The four are in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending appearances before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Norah McCann King on Friday. Each is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana. Conviction is punishable by a range from 10 years to life in prison.
Investigators seized more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana and more than $1.2 million in cash found inside a suitcase, U.S. Attorney Carter Stewart said Wednesday in a news release.
Investigators with the Central Ohio High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area’s Drug Task Force began looking into the ring in November. They learned that large, monthly marijuana shipments were being imported into Columbus for resale by a Jamaican citizen nicknamed Lucky, who was not in the U.S. legally. Surveillance revealed that the ring members drove large rental vehicles including a U-Haul, Dodge Durango and Landstar Ranger semi-tractor trailer, met at places near the Polaris Fashion Place and…