An Ohio Appeals Court dismissed drug trafficking case for improper venue, promoting unusual public criticism from an elected prosecutor.
The case is State v. Sparks, 2014-Ohio-1130.
In 2011, the Warren County Drug Task Force began investigating an alleged marijuana trafficking ring. Undercover officers purchased marijuana on three different occasions in the Mason, Warren County, Ohio area.
The Task Force determined that the dealer had purchased his marijuana from a married couple in Hamilton Countyand from someone who grew marijuana in Butler and Hamilton Counties. The Defendant grew marijuana for one of the suppliers at a house in Hamilton County. In exchange for growing and processing marijuana, the Defendant was allowed to stay in the house rent-free, and received a few hundred dollars every month.