Pickerington Times-Sun

Evidence may point to Internet drug ring

A July 11 search of a Violet Township house and pole barn uncovered evidence of a multimillion-dollar synthetic-drug operation that sold products over the Internet, Fairfield County investigators said.

Charges were expected to be filed against the apparent ringleader, a man living at 7700 Busey Road, according to Dave Phalen, Fairfield County sheriff .

When the search began, five people were working in the barn under the guise of a company called Oncore Wholesale, said Cmdr. Eric Brown of the Fairfield-Hocking Major Crimes Unit.

A tractor-trailer was filled with evidence from the barn, Brown said.

"There is so much stuff," he said, "we may need another truck."

Among the items seized were liquid chemicals, pills and synthetic drugs that included variations of "K2" or "spice," an herbal blend sprayed with a synthetic compound that is chemically similar to THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, investigators said.

Some of the drugs were stored in soda cans and snack food containers with hidden compartments, Phalen said.

Investigators believe that the drugs were sold online, with buyers obtaining a password to gain access to a website.

--Mary Beth Lane and Jim Woods, The Columbus Dispatch