by Kyle Swenson
If you keep tabs on the drug war (and who doesn’t, right?) you might have heard of the troubling new development happening out west over the last few years. Instead of trying to hustle coke and weed over the border, the powerful Mexican cartels are now sneaking in their own guys, finding rural plots of land in California, and growing the product there on site. Give the guys an AK47, tell any hikers who happen by to beat it fast, and you’ve got a completely new profit model with little overhead and less risk of loss.
But with law enforcement cracking down on these rural cartel grows on the West Coast, it looks like the cartels may be turning their attention to the heartland . . . like here . . . in Ohio . . . which is . . . woah . . .
The Akron Beacon Journal has the details. This happened down in the southern part of the state in Waverly. The state found a camp in Pike County comprised of about 1,200 plants. After raiding the site, officials say it looks like the area had been inhabited by Mexican nationals. No one was arrested.
Keep in mind, this isn’t the small-weight mom-and-pop growers with an operation in the basement we hear about on the local news occasionally. This is serious amount of weed controlled by the big guns. Each of the seized plants had a street value of about $1,000 to $1,500.
This also isn’t the first time the footprints of the drug cartels have trekked across Ohio. In 2010, the state raided two weed farms run by Mexican nationals outside of Columbus. And if you’re interested in learned more about Mexican cartels setting up shop stateside, check out this documentary from Current.