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GREENFIELD — The manager of Smokin’ Hog BBQ has been arrested in connection to a cross-country marijuana trafficking investigation police dubbed “Operation Bar B Que.”

Charges are being brought against 11 suspects connected to the case. Of those 11, seven have been arrested, including Smokin’ Hog manager Kelly Thompson, 26, of Greenfield.

Thompson admitted to police she had been serving as an intermediary in the drug-trafficking operation, receiving packages of marijuana in the mail at both the restaurant and her home and then returning money to the shippers in California, court records state.

Police raided the business in the 1700 block of Melody Lane in late October after conducting surveillance for several weeks. On the day of the raid, Thompson was seen carrying a box believed to be full of marijuana into Smokin’ Hog during business hours when customers were dining inside, police said.

During the raid, investigators found multiple pre-packaged baggies of marijuana, as well as a box containing four pounds of the drug. Inside a Hello Kitty notebook were handwritten records including a California shipping address where the drugs are believed to have originated.

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