Ohio Teen Faces Charges in Multi-Million Dollar Drug Ring


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A high school senior accused of playing a key part in a $3 million marijuana ring has admitted guilt to two felony drug trafficking counts.

The 17-year-old was arraigned in juvenile court in Ohio on Tuesday.

Police say he sold marijuana for nearly three years -- and was the main or a significant source for pot for students in two school districts.

He's suspected of dealing about $20,000 worth of pot each month.

Authorities say he had at least a half-dozen current and former students working under him. And seven adults who allegedly worked above him in the drug ring have been indicted.

A prosecutor says he hopes the teen's life can be turned around.

"This is a very intelligent young man. He is, as I described earlier, very misguided in what he was putting his efforts towards," said Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell. "But it's certainly our hope, that obviously, he gets any type of treatment that he might need, that whatever punishment the court levies will put him on the right path and that ultimately, somebody like this who is this intelligent can use those efforts to benefit society."

The judge ordered random drug screening for the teen and put him on house arrest.

He could end up spending three years in juvenile prison.

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