COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) - Police have busted a Columbus drug ring, accused of dealinghundreds of pounds of marijuana.
Lt. Joe Richardson of the Columbus Police Department said, "Thisis not something you would typically see in the Columbus area. Thisis probably one of the largest, if not the largest, drug raid ordrug arrests that we've ever had."
The investigation into the drug ring started a few months agoafter someone tipped off police.
Columbus police raided 352 S. Cherry St. around nine o'clockThursday night.
Authorities confiscated 536 pounds of marijuana worth a halfmillion dollars, 17 guns, $30,000 in cash and five vehicles.
"It's a real concern to us locally," said Lt. Richardson. "Themarijuana would have most likely circulated through Columbus andsurrounding counties as well. This has taken a lot of marijuana offthe street, and this has cost someone a lot of money inproduct."
Police said the suspects tried to run away. But police arrestedMark Prouse, 32, Albert March, 23 and 50-year-old Roger Leonard,who lived in the raided home.
Police also arrested Edgar Jimenez, 35, Rubicel Gonzalez, 23,Charles Fields, 18 and 44-year-old Miguel Santana -- all ofColumbus.
The men are in jail on drug dealing charges. Two more suspectsgot away and are still at-large.
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