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Two heavy marijuana traffickers were arrested in Yellow Springs on Thursday night, March 3, in a joint bust by the Yellow Springs police and the Greene County Combined Agencies for Enforcement (ACE Task Force on drugs).

The two men, Randy Putman, Sacramento, Calif., and Robert Alley, Big Scott, Mont., were met at a parking lot in Yellow Springs by officers from both agencies, who made an undercover drug purchase and found that the traffickers had 20 pounds of high-grade marijuana concealed inside a hollowed log. According to ACE Task Force Director Bruce May, the street value of the drugs was an estimated $5,000 per pound.

Putman claims to be a medical marijuana patient legally growing marijuana in California, but he was not authorized to grow as much as he did, nor to leave the state with it and sell it, May said on Tuesday. Yellow Springs Sergeant Jones added that Putman and Alley started out with a much larger load of marijuana when they began their journey out West, but the men sold much of it as they headed east, making deliveries across the country.

Last week’s arrests were the culmination of several months of Task Force investigations involving many subjects from Arizona, California and Montana who have been selling several different kinds of drugs throughout Montgomery, Greene, Franklin and Cuyahoga Counties in Ohio. The Task Force continues to investigate a host of other traffickers whose sales are related to the local arrests.

The Yellow Springs Police Department is a member of the ACE Task Force and supplies the agency with one of its officers fulltime. The local police assisted the task force last week to secure the scene, help with arrests, handle the evidence and transport the prisoners to the Greene County Jail, Jones said.

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