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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Market Forecast: Cocaine Prices in Cleveland, Not So Good

Posted By on Tue, May 6, 2008 at 1:46 PM

It looks like Chad's Mother's Day after-party won't be as fun as it was last year.
Cokeheads won’t be happy to hear that a shipment of 30 kilos of cocaine, destined for the nasal passages of Northeast Ohio, was confiscated by authorities on Friday night. Turns out that the Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement tipped off the Stow Police Department about a sketchy Cessna they’d been tracking from LA, which was heading to the Kent State Airport. “We’ve never been called for a drug bust [at the airport] before,” says Stow Police Chief Louis Dirker... With his K-9 units off duty for the night, Dirker had to call up the Kent Police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol for backup. After the Cessna landed at around 10 p.m., dogs sniffed out over $750,000 worth of stuff. The pilots, both from California, were arrested and placed under a $1 million bond. It turned out to be the biggest drug bust in Northeast Ohio in over four years – and the biggest bust Dirker has been apart of in his 33 years of law enforcement. “This is highly unusual for any police department to stumble across that much,” he says. “I’ve brought in pretty good quantities of dope with task forces, after raiding several locations, but for one location and within just a few hours with no task force, that’s a huge quantity of drugs.” Dirker says the drugs were likely headed for Cleveland, based on the third and final arrest of Robert Hawes, who was picked up by none other than a DARE officer as he sat waiting in his car for the shipment. “We’re assuming that Cleveland is a distribution hub,” Dirker says. “Maybe some of the stuff was going to Pennsylvania, but who knows. This was the end of the flight plan and all that’s clear is that they were going to get this coke together and distribute it from Cleveland.” Which is bad news for local blow fans, at least for a while, says Dirker. With supply down, prices will, of course, go up. How much, Dirker can’t be sure. “Things will be real slow for at least a little while,” he says. But Dirker does have some good news for Ohio’s coke economy. “Some one will fill the gap in, I’m sure. You know how that works. But at least we ruined someone’s day.” – Denise Grollmus

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