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Police arrest man accused of distributing 36,000 pounds of marijuana

NEWARK — Bond was set at $500,000 for a Newark man accused of distributing 36,000 pounds of marijuana over several years.

Jon M. Ferrell, 41, last known address 1630 Tower Court, was charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a first-degree felony punishable by a mandatory 10 years in prison.

Between January 2001 and Aug. 23, 2011, Ferrell was suspected of distributing marijuana, totaling 36,000 pounds, in Licking County and other counties with the help of other individuals, according to a statement of facts filed in Licking County Municipal Court.

Ferrell was arrested on June 23 after he was suspected of distributing marijuana and possessing marijuana, oxycodone and methadone. He was released after posting bond, which was set at $100,000, according to court records.

A trial related to that incident is set for Jan. 18.

The Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force investigated Ferrell over several years. Newark police arrested him Friday without incident, task force Lt. Paul Cortwright said.

A grand jury will review the case and additional charges of money laundering, weapons under disability and drug possession for possible indictment.

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