WEST LINN, OR (KPTV) -
West Linn police announced Monday that officers have busted a drug-trafficking ring that stretches from the West Linn area down to Eugene.
Some of the more than dozen people involved are current or former West Linn High School students, police said. The school district could not be reached for comment on Monday night.
Police served several search warrants last month in West Linn and Eugene. Officers arrested three people, seized about 10 pounds of marijuana and other drugs, and seized more than $18,000 in cash, police said.
Most of the marijuana was destined for West Linn High School through a network of dealers from all grade levels, police said. On several occasions, the drug deals were planned during school hours, they said.
Police said several of the people who delivered the marijuana were part of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program, but they were selling to people who are not part of the program.
The two most recent arrests happened on Nov. 2.
Police said Nick Joscelyn, 20, delivered marijuana and other drugs from Eugene to an 18-year-old former West Linn High School student. Joscelyn was arrested during a traffic stop, police said.
Connor Krug, 21, was arrested that same night in Eugene on several drug-related charges after police found a pound of marijuana and more than $4,000 in cash inside an apartment, police said.
Krug and Joscelyn are former West Linn High School students and know each other, police said.
The third arrested happened on Nov. 19 along 9th Street in West Linn.
Police said Francesco Zorich, 51, sold marijuana, hired West Linn High School students to take care of his grow operation and paid them with marijuana for the work.
Zorich's neighborssaid they've had nothing but positive interactions with him. They were quite surprised by the allegations being made against him.
"I don't like it. I don't want drugs in this neighborhood. I just ... I won't tolerate it," said neighbor Justin Janszen.
"I've jus t... never been part of it and never had it and don't want it around," said neighbor Dave Ahrendt. "It just seems to lead to other things."
Zorich said by phone on Monday night that the accusations being made against him have been fabricated. Police have blown the situation way out of proportion, he said.
Zorich is a medical marijuana patient, he said. He's never paid anyone with marijuana, he added.
Zorich's next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 19.
More arrests will be made in the case, police said.
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kptv - Dec 3rd, 2013, 1:10 AM CST