Saturday, September 09, 2000

Drug dealer convicted


Ring sold ton of pot in area in year, police say

By Dan Horn
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        An Evendale man was convicted Friday of leading a suburban drug gang that sold hundreds of pounds of marijuana throughout Greater Cincinnati.

        Thomas McIntosh will face up to 29 years in prison when he returns to Hamilton County Common Pleas Court for sentencing later this month.

        Mr. McIntosh was the only member of the gang to go to trial and the last to be convicted. Seven other members pleaded guilty to various drug charges last month.

        Prosecutors say those involved with the drug ring were upscale professionals who owned expensive cars, houses and motorcycles.

        The defendants include the owner of a barbershop, a partner in an auto dealership, the former owner of a mapmaking firm and several self-employed businessmen.

        With help from a supplier in Arizona, police say, they formed a drug ring that sold more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana in Greater Cincinnati during the past year.

        One of the defendants, Denver Baehr, is accused of amassing more than $550,000 in several accounts and another $100,000 in Krugerrands and other gold coins.

        Mr. Baehr and the other defendants all have pleaded guilty to drug charges and face sentences of about five years each.

       



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