By Rick Palsgrove
A tip led to the Groveport Police seizing more than 700 pounds of marijuana.
“We received a tip from personnel in the southern warehouse district in town that there was suspicious cargo in a semi-truck trailer,” said Groveport Police Detective Josh Gilbert. “We responded and found more than 700 pounds of marijuana wrapped in one pound bricks inside tool boxes on wooden pallets. The pallets with the tool boxes containing the marijuana were mixed in with other legitimate stuff in the trailer.”
Gilbert said the marijuana came from California and was dropped off in Groveport to await another truck to take the shipment on to New York.
He said the Groveport Police are working with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) on the case, which is still under investigation. The DEA estimated the value of the seized marijuana at $2.1 million.
“I’m sure somebody somewhere is upset we found it,” said Gilbert.
He said once the suspects are found they would be charged with a felony and prosecuted in federal courts because the marijuana was transported across state lines.
According to Gilbert, long time Groveport Police Officer Ernie Bell said this is the most marijuana ever seized at one time in Groveport.
Gilbert said, eventually, after the case is concluded and the more than 700 pounds of marijuana is no longer needed as evidence, it will be destroyed by burning at over 1,200 degrees.
“We burn all narcotics once they are not needed any more as evidence,” said Gilbert.
In the mean time, while the case is being investigated, Gilbert said the marijuana is being stored in a secure facility outside of Groveport.
“Credit must be given to the warehouse personnel for being aware and then notifying the police of the suspicious shipment,” said Gilbert. “We appreciate their efforts.”