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Three men indicted after DEA seizes thousands of THC vaping cartridges

Law enforcement activity on Cleveland's West Side
Posted at 7:14 PM, May 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-08 20:37:11-04

CLEVELAND — Three people have been indicted for their roles in a conspiracy to distribute THC.

Frank Altieri, 25, David Bruell, 28, and James Campbell 35, have been charged with one count of conspiracy to possess intent to distribute tetrahydrocannabinol and one count of possession with intent to distribute tetrahydrocannabinol.

According to court documents, Campbell came to Cleveland to traffic narcotics and met with Altieri at a Holiday Inn Express on April 11, where the duo transferred numerous boxes containing THC cartridges.

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Campbell then drove to a house on Elsetta Avenue, where he believed the boxes of THC cartridges would be removed and picked up, according to court documents.

During surveillance of the house on Elsetta Avenue, a Nissan Altima arrived at the home and passengers in the car were believed to move the boxes into the home, according to officials.

Authorities then searched the home and found 5,888 THC cartridges, according to court documents.

Police then searched Bruell's CubeSmart rental units in Columbus and Warrensville Heights and home in Pepper Pike, where they found at least 1,700 THC cartridges, marijuana, and cash, according to court documents.

The case was investigated by the Cleveland OCDETF Strike Force, including representatives of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Cleveland HIDTA, Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department, Medina County Sheriff’s Office, Montville Township Police Department and the Northern Ohio Law Enforcement Task Force.

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