WHITEHALL, OH (WCMH) — A large drug bust Sunday night has Whitehall Police packing up bags of marijuana and oxycodone pills that a man named Craig Newman was transporting from Colorado and preparing to sell right here in our own backyards.
The whole thing was being watched by Colorado law enforcement, Whitehall Police and the Franklin county sheriffs office as part of an investigation that all unfolded in the last 10 days.
The man behind the transport, Craig Newman is sitting in a Franklin county jail facing multiple charges and several years in jail.
Police arrested Craig Newman at the Franklin county line on I-70 last night on his way back from Colorado.
Whitehall Police Department Deputy Chief Dan Kelso, “He comes back in the truck like this and creates a false barrier all the way around this is all animal bedding but inside is a hollow compartment side where he hides all the drugs that he transports back”.
Inside that barrier, Deputy Chief Kelso says they found 176 oxycodone pills and more than 350 ounces of marijuana packaged in every form of flavors and candies.
Kelso, “A big concern for us is that he’s transporting back suckers, marijuana suckers and marijuana fruit chews which is a candy that once it gets back here it gets marketed to kids and put our school systems”.
The transport of marijuana to and from Colorado is a felony based on weight.
Kelso, “You can only buy an ounce at a time and he will go in buy an ounce, come back out buy an ounce, come back out and just sit here and do this all day long for 10 days”.
Over that span of 10 days police say Newman visited more than 100 dispensaries in Colorado, spending a total of $47,000 on drugs which police say was going to be sold here in Ohio for triple that amount.
Investigators say Newman, who lives in Blacklick, is considered a violent felon with a lengthy criminal background.
Along with the drugs, police found a stolen handgun.
Kelso, “He’s not allowed to be in possession of any firearm because he has previously been convicted of murder where he got 50 years in Indiana for a murder that he committed for killing a drug informant”
Newman served 14 years for that conviction.
Deputy Chief Kelso says this is just one of three large drug busts in the last six months and the department is on to finding the next one.
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