POSTED: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 1:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 1:04am
Warren County, OH (WJW) — A 17-year-old high school student has been charged with running a drug ring that raked in over $20,000 a month, according to an official with the Warren County Drug Task Force.
Commander John Burke tells Fox 8 News that the teen, who currently is a student at Mason High School, ran an elaborate operation involving high-grade hydroponic marijuana.
According to Burke the teen had seven other teens working under his command. The group sold marijuana to numerous students at several schools the task force's investigation revealed.
Burke says the teen oversaw the distribution of a pound of the potent marijuana each week. The pound of marijuana netted around $5,000 weekly, according to Burke.
"He was making over $20,000 each month we estimate," said Burke. "At the time of our search warrants being executed he had $6,000 in cash in his room."
The teen surrendered to authorities on Monday afternoon. A warrant had been issued for his arrest on Friday, said Burke. He apparently ran the operation out of the bedroom of his parent's home.
Burke says that authorities have no evidence that the teen's parents knew of the operation.
The teen was at the bottom of a drug distribution ladder, that authorities infiltrated during a year-long investigation.
The investigation led to numerous arrests and the seizure of 600 hydroponic marijuana plants. The plants were not grown at the teen's home.
The plants carry an estimated street value of $3 million, according to Burke.