Suspects in court in teen drug ring leader case

Mason drug suspects appear in court

Six of the seven adults allegedly involved in a large drug operation were in court on Wednesday.

On Monday, the Warren County Drug Task Force announced charges against seven adults and a juvenile for running a large drug operation. Investigators say the teen was selling a high-grad marijuana to students and was earning $20,000 a month.

William Sparks, Gerald Peele, Allen Honeycutt, Cody and Stacy Lampe and Justin Baker entered not guilty pleas.

Stacy and Cody Lampe, of Norwood, have five children. Stacy faces six drug-related felony charges while her husband faces 10 felony charges.

Justin Baker, of Hamilton, is married and has two kids. His mother, Janet Baker, has been the superintendent of Hamilton City Schools for 20 years. Authorities say Baker and Allen Honeycutt were the main source of the high-grade marijuana, cultivating nearly 300 pot plants in a Blue Ash warehouse.

Police say the 17-year-old juvenile had been trafficking marijuana to Mason High School and Kings High School students over the last two years. The juvenile had six other current and past Mason High School students working under him.

"They were pushing around $20,000 per month, so approximately $240,000 per year," said Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell.

Authorities say 28-year-old Michael Lopez of Cincinnati was the one providing the juvenile with the high end marijuana to sell. The marijuana was being sold for $5,000 per pound.

Lopez is the seventh person indicted in the investigation, in which authorities were able to locate three separate grow houses in Norwood, Blue Ash and Hamilton.

Authorities say the 17-year-old juvenile is just a normal kid.

"He looks like someone that would be in your church youth group, he looks like someone that would be on student council," said Fornshell.

"I feel bad for the kid, I feel bad for the parents and I hope this is a lesson to other kids," said Denise Harris, a Mason High School parent.

Authorities say the pot went through the line of command, winding up in the hands of a 17-year-old from Mason who allegedly had six current and former Mason High School students selling drugs for him.

The juvenile is scheduled to be in the Warren County Juvenile Court on July 31.

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