- April 25, 2016 8:43 am at 8:43 am #1124098
I’m not sure whether anyone is following this story but there was a string of execution-style murders in Pike County over the weekend. The news has been very sketchy and the only new bit of info to come out in the last couple of days was that they were growing marijuana at more than one of the locations. It’s obviously too early to tell whether this was drug related, but the comments on the stories are interesting. People seem to agree that there is a hotbed of drugs in the area. It seems like drug violence has moved into rural areas in Ohio. Quite a change from 20 years ago.April 25, 2016 10:38 am at 10:38 am #1124119
It will be interesting to see what exactly comes of this; initially there were rumors of ties to human trafficking as well. Then they stopped a person of interest in Chillicothe, which got my mind running about all the women still missing from that area. With the quick connection to Cincinnati it makes you think.April 25, 2016 1:14 pm at 1:14 pm #1124160
Thanks, war on drugs. Total success.April 25, 2016 3:27 pm at 3:27 pm #1124190
Thanks, war on drugs. Total success.
We still have no evidence this had to do with drugs but I was just thinking about how DeWine was bragging about all the paain clinics he closed down in that area a few years ago.April 25, 2016 4:00 pm at 4:00 pm #1124194
This article from about an hour ago says it was a very large grow operation, and that state officials had raided another large grow operation in the same area that had ties to a Mexican cartel a couple years ago. None of the victims had any criminal records, however, according to the Sheriff.
Authorities also wouldn’t say publicly whether they thought the killings were drug-related, but an official with knowledge of the operation told CNN’s Nick Valencia: “This operation was not for personal use; it was for something much bigger than that. It was a very sophisticated operation.”
In August 2012, Ohio law enforcement officers found “a major marijuana grow site in Pike County with suspected ties to a Mexican drug cartel,” according to a press release DeWine’s office issued at that time.
Investigators discovered about 1,200 marijuana plants — which were destroyed — and they also found evidence of two abandoned campsites they believe belonged to Mexican nationals.
If this were a TV show, the story would be that the local “family” had outed the cartel to authorities and whoever they arrested just got out of jail and come back for retribution.April 26, 2016 8:44 am at 8:44 am #1124246
So at 4 different houses people were executed nearly simultaneous…. I bet the police are worried. The more that comes out the more this doesn’t look like a robbery. ( figure if they had 3 big grows there could be hundreds of thousands of cash somewhere there)
It looks like something more like a message /score settling.
Hopefully this is not a sign of creeping violent business from the south west in the mold of no country for old men.April 26, 2016 4:14 pm at 4:14 pm #1124380
OMG this actually is a TV show plot. It’s the same plot as on Bates motel. The two corrupt local pot families are shooting it out in rural Oregon. Except on the TV show they keep making all the bodies disappear and the FBI never shows up.
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