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Authorities dismantle hydroponic marijuana grow operations

Norwalk Reflector Staff • May 23, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Special Response Team (SRT) and investigators with the Columbus Division of Police’s Narcotics Bureau dismantled a hydroponic marijuana grow operation in the city of Columbus. Three suspects were arrested.

Investigators simultaneously executed search warrants on two residences located at 5002 Cheviot Drive and 5530 Olentangy River Road in the city of Columbus on Monday. Both residences were suspected of conducting indoor marijuana grow operations. 

Following the execution of the search warrants, investigators seized hydroponic marijuana, weighing nearly three pounds, worth $10,500; three firearms; a 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche; a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee and numerous pieces of equipment used to facilitate an indoor marijuana grow operation.

Suspects, Louvena S. Collins, 43; Rachel Ann Whaley, 23; and Jamie Lynn Jordan, 21, all of Columbus, were incarcerated in the Franklin County Jail. Collins and Whaley were charged with aggravated possession of marijuana, a third-degree felony, and Jordan was charged with aggravated trafficking in marijuana, a third-degree felony.

If convicted, each woman could face up to 5 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

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