A joint operation between local and federal authorities led to the arrests of seven people Thursday morning.
Seven people were arrested and charged in complaints filed in U.S. District Court alleging they conspired to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana.
Masai "Lee" Williams, 25, David "Dirty" Alexander, 25, Quincy Showes, 25, Darias "Jizzle" Jackson, 22, Bruce "Donnie" Stewart, 25, Antonio "T.O." Howard, 34, and Randy Steele, 30, were arrested at 6:45 a.m. in Westwood.
"This is a coordinated attempt to dismantle an entire drug trafficking organization from top to bottom," said U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart.
The DEA Cincinnati Resident Office, the FBI Cincinnati Office and the Cincinnati Police Department have been investigating a large scale marijuana trafficking organization for about eight months.
Court documents allege undercover agents picked up about $500,000 from Williams and Alexander on May 25 and picked up about $400,000 from Williams on June 5. Agents believe the money was proceeds from illegal marijuana trafficking.
A court authorized wire interception on Williams' cell phone began on June 28 and ended on Aug. 8 as a result of the undercover money pick-ups. During the wire interceptions, agents were able to identify Shows, Jackson, Stewart, Howard, Steele and others.
The indictment alleges Williams and Alexander arranged for marijuana to be sent to the Cincinnati area from out-of-state. The marijuana was allegedly given to Showes, a drug stash house keeper, once the shipments arrived. Showes would allegedly distribute the marijuana to Stewart, Steele, Howard, Jackson and others.
The defendants were held without bond until detention hearings can be held next week. The case could be presented to a federal grand jury for possible indictments.