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Feds arrest two men on drug trafficking charges in connection with $1M cocaine bust in Columbus, Ohio

October 20, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds arrest two men on drug trafficking charges in connection with $1M cocaine bust in Columbus, Ohio (Source: Jose Zozaya/WTVM)

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Two men arrested on drug trafficking charges in Columbus, Ohio

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Police in Columbus, Georgia, have arrested two men on drug trafficking charges, with assistance from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the DEA, and FBI.

The men, 49-year-old Kenneth James and 33-year-old Marcus Marshall, were taken into custody for trafficking close to $1 million worth of cocaine in an ongoing probe.

On October 16th, authorities seized approximately 26.5 pounds of cocaine.

During a press conference on Tuesday, Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren said the drug seizure is only the beginning of a trafficking investigation police agencies hope to reveal.

“I’d like to say, this is an ongoing investigation,” Boren said. “It’s not complete. What you’re seeing is a small part of what we hope to accomplish at a later time.”

Drug trafficking charges

(Source: Jose Zozaya/WTVM)

Nonetheless, Chief Boren said he believes this was a significant bust carried out by his department.

“We’ve had larger in years past,” he added, “but this is the largest thing we’ve had recently.”

Boren said agents located the cocaine inside a vehicle when they arrived at Marshall’s apartment.

Boren also said both James and Marshall had “prior arrests and convictions for trafficking cocaine.”

As investigators continue to track down associates associated with the suspects, officials, such as agent Joe Chestnut with the GBI, said they are relying on continued collaboration to crack down on drug traffickers.

“We have a relationship with the Columbus Police Department and the DEA,” Chestnut stated. “We’ve worked with them many times, and it’s just a pleasure to help in this investigation and future investigations.”

Officials also seized Mercedes Benz, S-5Z, BMW X-5, $24,000 in cash and four firearms.

Marcus Marshall is also facing several other charges including evading police.

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