Police break up New York-Ohio pot smuggling ring

by The Post-Standard Wednesday July 01, 2009, 9:57 PM

MALONE, N.Y. (AP) -- Authorities say they've broken up a drug ring linked to Russian organized crime that smuggled as much as $27 million worth of marijuana through New York's St. Regis Mohawk Reservation to the Cleveland area over the past three years.

Five of those arrested are from New York and three from Ohio. They all face felony drug charges.

Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne (SHAM'-payn) says investigators seized $1.3 million in cash and 14 vehicles during raids in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties along the Canadian border in New York and in Beachwood, Ohio. Investigators also recovered a pound of cocaine.

The investigation is continuing and Champagne says Wednesday more state and federal charges will be filed against the suspects