Thursday, September 18, 2003

Police find pot stash after watching sales on street

The Cincinnati Enquirer

MOUNT AUBURN - Cincinnati police officers thought the man was selling drugs out of his backpack Tuesday night as they watched him in a high-complaint area of this neighborhood. They ultimately found almost two pounds of marijuana.

Members of District 4's Violent Crime Squad arrested Ryan Lillard, 22, of Clifton, at an apartment on Loth Street. It was the same spot where he was arrested a year ago on drug and weapons charges - though those were dismissed, according to court records.

This time, officers said, they saw him deal out of the bag several times, then place the bag inside the window of a vacant apartment. When officers went inside, they found more marijuana, some of it hidden in a windowsill, more in part of a child's toy. They also confiscated almost $1,900, found in a hollowed-out can.

Lillard was released Wednesday on his own recognizance.

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