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The Suburbanite
  • Sheriff’s office seizes 332 pounds of pot and other contraband

  • The packaged marijuana was valued at nearly $500,000 and found after the narcotics unit searched three locations late Tuesday and early Wednesday.

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  • Investigators with the Stark County Sheriff's Metropolitan Narcotics Unit seized 332 pounds of marijuana — valued at nearly $500,000 — after searching three locations late Tuesday and early Wednesday, according to the sheriff’s office.
    Sheriff George Maier said because the investigation is ongoing, he cannot release the exact locations. Two of the search warrants were executed in Stark County, and the other was executed in Summit County, according to the sheriff’s office.
    The marijuana was stored in multiple plastic bags and trash bags, and some was packaged in blocks of varying weight and sealed in plastic wrap, a picture from the sheriff’s office shows.
    Officers from the narcotics unit, along with officers from the Drug Enforcement Administration, also seized $330,000 in cash, four vehicles, an automatic handgun with a 30-round magazine and a bullet-proof vest, valued at a combined $500,000.
    Federal indictments are expected to be filed following the investigation, which is being conducted by the narcotics unit and the DEA.
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Summit County Drug Unit, the Canton Police Department, the Alliance Police Department, the Lake County Drug Task Force, the Stark County Prosecutor’s Office and the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office all played a role in getting the warrants issued, according to the sheriff’s office.
    Maier said he is pleased by the collaboration among the agencies.
    “We will continue to work with our law-enforcement partners to keep Stark County safe,” he said.