Drugs and Money – Way to Jail
OHIO — June 25, 2018
According to Attorney General DeWine, the members of the Central Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission/ High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force have arrested six people following the seizure of approximately 75lbs of cocaine worth 3.4 Million dollars.
The arrests were made after evidence had been gathered indicating the drugs were being transported from Mexico to Columbus on a semi-truck.
Besides intercepting the semi-truck in Columbus, the investigators also served a search warrant on an E. Fifth St. warehouse where cocaine was found. Also, more than $500,000 in cash were also seized there together with two stolen firearms, and several vehicles.
Supposedly Ohio’s task forces are well trained and skilled at intercepting drug shipments like this one. Attorney General DeWine said that drug traffickers should know that they're taking a huge risk by coming to Ohio.
The arrested on drug charges do not represent a local group, but are from different states:
- Davion Craig, 22, Charlotte, North Carolina
- Antwonne Hunter, 49, Columbus
- Toinairis Hunter, 27, Columbus
- Josue Montelongo-Rangel, 34, Mission, Texas
- Juan Vela Jr., 40, Donna, Texas
- Luis Villareal, 28, McAllen, Texas.
Thus, the task forces have revealed a group which could be a part of a sophisticated interstate organized crime syndicate.
Hopefully, the Central Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission will take a chance to find out while the suspects are in custody at the Franklin County Jail.
The operation currently involves:
-Columbus Division of Police and Gahanna Police Department led the investigation as part of the Central Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission/HIDTA Task Force with assistance from the Ohio State Highway Patrol;
-Franklin County Sheriff's Office;
-Franklin County Prosecutor's Office;
-Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation;
-Ohio National Guard Counterdrug Program;
-Ohio Casino Control Commission;
-Department of Homeland Security;
-Drug Enforcement Agency;
-Internal Revenue Service;
-U.S. Postal Service; and
-United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio.
The Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission also assists local law enforcement agencies in combating organized crime & corrupt activities through the creation of multi-jurisdictional task forces. By the way, the commission as well is composed of members of the law enforcement community & chaired by the OH Attorney General.
It looks like we are now dealing with a piece of large-scale war maintained by the state authorities with drug dealers and traffickers. Since 2011 Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission Task Forces across the state have seized more than $158 million in drugs and more than $28 million in currency.