Ohio high school student was a drug kingpin, police say


Protesters smoke marijuana during a demonstration against new government legislation calling for the creation of a "weed pass" and the stopping of the substance's sale to foreigners, in Amsterdam, on April 20, 2012. It's 4/20, now internationally renowned as Pot Day, with many protests planned for 4:20 p.m.



While most 17-year-old students are probably applying to entry level jobs or getting ready for college, one student was bossing around six adults and pulling in as much as $20,000 a month.  

A 17-year-old high school student is accused of being a drug kingpin, the Associated Press reported. Police say he masterminded a major marijuana distribution ring, selling to two schools near Cincinnati, Ohio. 

"He was selling to six other people who were kind of like his lieutenants," Drug Task Force Commander John Burke told the AP. "Then they were distributing the drugs to other high school students."

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Police began the investigation last year after learning that a strain of marijuana was being sold near the schools for about $400 an ounce. An undercover agent began making purchases at Mason High School, where the suspect was a student. Police later raided the boy's bedroom in his parents' house and found over $6,000 in cash, ABC News reported. Authorities have not released the boy's name because he was a 16-year-old minor when he allegedly sold the drugs. 

"He looks like someone who'd be in your church youth group. He looks like someone who'd be on student council or be a good friend to one of your young people. And, I think this in and of itself is somewhat scary," Warren County Prosecutor Dave Fornshell told WKRC. The teen now faces charges juvenile court.