Figure in pot ring is arrested

GREENFIELD — One of the alleged suppliers for a cross-country marijuana trafficking ring is in custody months after sheriff’s deputies raided a local restaurant where packages of pot were being delivered, records state.

Lucas Johnson, 30, had been living in California, and local police have been working with authorities there since last fall to apprehend him. Johnson was booked into the Hancock County late last week, jail logs show.

Charges were brought against 11 people in November, including Kelley Thompson, who was managing Smokin’ Hog BBQ at the time and had packages of marijuana delivered to the restaurant, court records state. Smokin’ Hog has since gone out of business and was at one point listed for sale on eBay for $75,000.

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.

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