Cocaine worth $3.4 million seized during raid of Columbus warehouse

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Six people are facing charges after a task force seized nearly 75 pounds of cocaine in Columbus.

The Ohio Attorney General’s office announced the seizure Monday.

According to the Attorney General’s office, investigators received information that drugs were being transported from Mexico to Columbus on a semi-truck.

After intercepting the truck, the Central Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission/High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force served a search warrant at a warehouse on East Fifth Avenue. At the warehouse, members of the task force say $3.4 million worth of cocaine was found along with $500,000 in cash, two stolen guns, and several vehicles.

“Drug traffickers should know that they’re taking a huge risk by coming to Ohio,” said Attorney General DeWine. “Our task forces are skilled at intercepting large shipments of drugs like this & those caught bringing drugs face serious consequences.”

The following suspects were arrested on drug charges:

  • Davion Craig, 22, Charlotte, North Carolina
    Held on $7.5 million bond
  • Antwonne Hunter, 49, Columbus
    Held on $20 million bond
  • Toinairis Hunter, 27, Columbus
    Held on $7.5 million bond
  • Josue Montelongo-Rangel, 34, Mission, Texas
    Held on $20 million bond
  • Juan Vela Jr., 40, Donna, Texas
    Held on $20 million bond
  • Luis Villareal, 28, McAllen, Texas
    Held on $20 million bond

According to prosecutors, Montelongo-Rangel is believed to be the ringleader. According to ICE records, he crosses the border at least twice a month with Villareal.

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