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6 indicted in multi-state mail scheme that brought marijuana to Northeast Ohio

6 indicted in multi-state mail scheme that brought marijuana to Northeast Ohio
Posted at 2:45 PM, Nov 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-01 15:12:46-04

Six people have been indicted after authorities busted a multi-state marijuana trafficking ring that brought in thousands of pounds of drugs to Northeast Ohio.

According to the Northern District of Ohio U.S. Attorney's Office, the following people were indicted on conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute.

William B. Murphy, of Kealakekua, Hawaii
Michael W. Spellman, of Kealakekua, Hawaii
Peter Reichert, of Lyndhurst, Ohio
Dustin Robinson, of East Liverpool, Ohio
Young Hee Park, of Broadview Heights, Ohio
So Young Park, of Kealakekua, Hawaii

Parks, Spellman and Murphy also face an additional charge of conspiracy to launder money.

Authorities said the drugs were grown in Hawaii, shipped to Ohio and then mailed to other locations.  The marijuana was hidden in five-pound foil coffee bags and mailed to addresses across the Greater Cleveland Area, including Shaker Heights, officials said. 

According to attorney's office, over 1,100 packages of marijuana were mailed to Northeast Ohio between 2014 and 2016.  

Around $350,000 in drug profits were laundered.   

Officials also said the money went towards the purchase of plane tickets from Cleveland to Hawaii totaling $40,959, drones totaling $13,062, a greenhouse purchased in Hawaii for $10,632, a Honda ATV for $11,170 and various other purchases

Authorities said the money was used by the defendants to pay for a "lavish lifestyle."