Narcotics Unit detectives found 150 bales of marijuana, ranging in weight from 18 to 27 pounds, hidden in a tractor-trailer of dry soup. The estimated wholesale value of the drugs was $3 million.
Narcotics Unit detectives investigators seized approximately 3,000 pounds of marijuana and over $386,000 cash with the help of Ohio's High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) following an investigation into a west coast drug trafficking operation.
Cleveland detectives were assisted by Warrensville Heights and Highland Hills police in executing seven search warrants over two days which resulted in eight arrests, the confiscation of seven firearms -- including two assault rifles -- and the seizure of eight vehicles.
"The hard work by our Gang Impact and Major Investigations Squad has dealt a major blow to the drug traffickers in the area," Cleveland Chief of Police Michael McGrath said. "While the seizure represents the largest in our history, it is but another small battle in our much larger war on drugs."
Mayor Frank Jackson said, "I would like to commend the members of our Narcotics Unit for a job well-done in getting drugs and dangerous weapons off our streets and criminals out of our neighborhoods. Today's seizure and arrests continues to send a clear message that if you come to Cleveland to set-up shop, our officers will shut you down."
Police say among those arrested were six males believed to have a link to a west coast Mexican gang. Everyone arrested is being help in the Cleveland city jail. No formal charges have been filed.