Four years of investigations unveils huge drug ring in Olathe
12:55 PM, Jun 14, 2012
6:44 PM, Jun 14, 2012
OLATHE, Kan. - Two dozen people are accused of being part of a major drug ring based out of Johnson County. Drug enforcement investigators raised a home in Olathe Wednesday.
Agents busted the man's home and 24 others in connection with a marijuana distribution ring.
The investigation started back to April of 2008.
Those involved are accused of intent to distribute more than 1,000 kilos of marijuana in Johnson and Douglas counties. That amount translates to more than 2,200 pounds.
According to the Department of Justice, the defendants face a penalty of not less than ten years in a federal prison and a fine up to ten million dollars.
Neighbors in the Olathe neighborhood where the bust took place Thursday knew something was up when the SWAT Team showed up. Everyone immediately started texting each other.
"Out here in rural Olathe we have a cornfield across from us. You guys don't expect things like this to happen out here but you never know," Airy Vaughn said.
Officers arrested several people from Olathe, Lenexa and Overland Park.
The court complaint written against the 25 defendants states that during some phone calls, the group would switch to a different language to keep communications secret. It was found the language used was Korean.