Columbus Police Fear The City Becoming Major Drug Hub

In the past 18 months the Columbus Division of Police has made millions of dollars worth of seizures in narcotics and drug money. And authorities worry the city is becoming a major drug distribution site.

The Columbus Division of Police Narcotics Bureau and the ATF, Wednesday, seized more than 184 pounds of cocaine with a street value of about $2 million. Sergeant Ben Casuccio said this seizure was significant. Casuccio said a lot of drugs are coming into Columbus and being re-distributed to other cities, making Columbus a major hub for drugs. “In April we finished up a state wire tap, where we intercepted a large group of Hispanics operating here in the city. We made a seizure of 25 kilograms of cocaine at that time and almost a $1.3 million in cash. That organization as we found out through the course of the investigation had tentacles far outside the city of Columbus,” Casuccio said. Authorities arrested and charged three men with first degree felony cocaine possession in Wednesday’s seizure, and are seeking a fourth suspect. Authorities had been investigating that drug organization since January 2005. Eighteen months ago Columbus police made their largest cocaine seizure – 275 pounds.