With legalization efforts springing up and succeeding across the nation (and the world), the day is coming when society’s pot lovers will be able to blow their bud free of worry. That day ain’t today, though. Damian Edwards, 38, Hopie Dawn Edwards, 34, Theo Lavelle Smith, 33, and German Alfredo White, 53, are more aware of that than anybody. Prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michael Hunter and David Bosley, all four appeared as defendants before U.S. Magistrate Judge Norah McCann King on February 3, for allegedly flooding Columbus, OH, with weed, in a cross-country cannabis conspiracy.
The investigation by the Central Ohio HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) Drug Task Force, began in November 2015. The collaboration was headed by U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter M. Stewart, Special Agent In Charge of the DEA’s Detroit Field Division Joseph P. Reagan and Columbus Police Chief Kin Jacobs. According to the DEA, the quartet is suspected moving major weight into Columbus from Tuscon, AZ. Edwards, a Jamaican native, was allegedly the one doing the importing. As the boys watched, the crew rented and drove “large vehicles.” They would meet at spots near Polaris Fashion Place in Colombus, then followed each other to local hotel.
In all,the feds’investigation netted more than a ton (2,000 pounds) of weed and more than $1.2 million in cash. Each of the defendants has been charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute [cannabis]. They face sentences of up to ten years in prison and potential fines of up to $10 million.