Fifth defendant indicted in marijuana grow operation

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Dayton man was indicted Thursday in connection with the operation of a marijuana cultivation and distribution organization.

The Tactical Crime Suppression Unit (TCSU) launched an investigation after they received information back in September of 2017 about a large marijuana cultivation and distribution organization.

The investigation resulted in the TCSU and other agencies conducting simultaneous search warrants at seven locations: 1107 Linden Avenue, 730 Wilfred Avenue, 119 Volkenand Avenue, 4148 Woodcliffe Avenue, and 849 Alverno Avenue in Dayton, as well as 4219 Wilmington Pike in Kettering, and 20 Cinnamon Court in Springboro.

The search of those locations resulted in the discovery of over 100 pounds of processed marijuana, over 130 pounds of marijuana plants, 16 firearms, over $36,000 in cash, as well as marijuana growing equipment and other items.

Four co-defendants were indicted on a number of counts. Thursday, the Montgomery County Grand Jury indicted the fifth defendant, 34-year-old Luke Cochran of Dayton, on:

  • One count of Possession of Marijuana > 40,000 grams
  • One count of Possession of Hashish > 200 but < 400 grams
  • Five counts of Aggravated Possession of Drugs
  • One count of Possession of Drugs

An arrest warrant has been issued for Cochran. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday, August 23.

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