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37 Indicted In Drug, Money Laundering Conspiracy In Cincinnati

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Thirty-seven people are under indictment for money laundering and trafficking fenatnyl, cocaine, methamphetamine following raids last week on a jewelry shop and an automotive store.Investigators report seizing more than $500,000, along with more than 150 pounds of drugs, 47 weapons, 12 vehicles, and inventory and assets totaling approximately $1.1 million.

Among those arrested are 27 people from Southwest Ohio.

"The indictment alleges two Cincinnati businesses were used to launder proceeds from the narcotics conspiracy: Tri-State Jeweler on Race Street and Nationwide Automotive on Vine Street," according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. "It is alleged that cash was kept stored at both locations. The cash was then allegedly concealed and packaged to be transported to and from the Cincinnati region."

The operation allegedly ran from March 2016 through October 2019.

"Co-conspirators are also charged with maintaining drug premises on Prosser and Glenmore avenues in Cincinnati," the statement says.

The drug charges carry a possible sentence of 10 years to life in prison and the money laundering charges are punishable up to 20 years in prison.

 

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Tana Weingartner earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in mass communication from Miami University. Most recently, she served as news and public affairs producer with WMUB-FM. Ms. Weingartner has earned numerous awards for her reporting, including several Best Reporter awards from the Associated Press and the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and a regional Murrow Award. She served on the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters Board of Directors from 2007 - 2009.