An undercover investigation in Ohio has led to the shocking revelation that a 17-year-old is at the center of a huge drug ring that brings in up to $20,000 per month.

And here you thought it was tough for teens to find a summer job.

“He looks like someone who would be in your church youth group,” Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said. "He looks like somebody who would be on student council, or that would be a good friend to one of your young people."

The Mason High School student, who headed up this vast criminal enterprise of high grade marijuana traffickers near Cincinnati, allegedly had six employees selling marijuana outside school grounds. The student so was adamant about not dealing on school property that if any of his employees did so, they were cut off from the drug ring.

“Clearly he's an intelligent individual,” Fornshell said. “He was somebody operating a major drug organization as a 15-, 16-year-old student. This marijuana was selling for $350-$400 per ounce, as compared to what you typically see, which is $100 an ounce.”

The student lives with his parents, who authorities say were not involved in the drug trafficking. Officers seized $6,000 from his bedroom when they arrived to serve a search warrant.

During a year-long undercover investigation, authorities seized more than 600 high-grade marijuana plants in the towns of Blue Ash, Norwood and Hamilton. Each plant yields approximately one pound of marijuana with a street value of $5,000. In total the plants are worth a street value of $3 million.

Seven adults between ages 20 and 58 were also arrested in connection with the drug ring.


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