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Three Brothers and A Son Charged in Drug Bust
CLERMONT COUNTY, Ohio (Jeff Hirsh) -- Marijuana worth about three quarters of a million dollars is no longer on the streets.
The suspects in the case were in court Tuesday morning including three brothers and a son.
Police have broken up what could be described as a family business, selling marijuana.
Three brothers, Richiard Awad, Michael Awad, and Thomas Awad, Sr. have been charged in connection with an alleged marijuana ring. They are charged with drug possession and drug trafficking.
In a series of raids Monday across eight locations police say they confiscated 316 pounds of marijuana, several thousand rounds of ammunition, $25,000 in cash, 55 guns, ten cars and a boat.
Also charged, Thomas Awad, Jr. and and a non-relative, Ronald Day.
Police say the investigation lasted 6-8 months but they also say the older members of the Awad group had been on and off police radar for more than thirty years.
"It went back to 1979 and there were different bits and pieces which were gathered long the way, different investigators that had been in the unit at that time would do a little bit of work but nobody could connect all the dots but this time," Lt. Doug Ventre of the Clermont County Narcotics Unit said.
But this time, one particular investigator took the lead and, aided by technology which did not exist in years gone by, led to the arrests.
Ventre says there were no secret informants, nobody cooperated, it was just good police work combined with that technology.
And for one of the suspects at least, Ventre says, getting caught was almost a sense of, "You know we talked about that yesterday. It was almost, I'm not sure of the right word, resignation. It was like, whew, you got me."
Police say this investigation is not finished and more arrests are possible.
Bond for each member of the Awad family: the three brothers and the son was set at 250,000 dollars. Bond for Ronald Day was set at 25,000. All five remain in the Clermont County Jail.