UPDATED info from the Middletown Journal:

Investigators say that this teen had been running the operation since he was 15 years old and he had several high school students working for him. This adds to the severity of the crime, as he was not only ruining his own life, but several other teens’ lives as well. The spokesperson also said that this boy looked amazingly clean cut and that you’d never suspect he was running a major drug operation.

Read the journal for all of the details.

A Cincinnati teen faces drug dealing charges, after authorities broke up what they say was a $20,000 a month operation.

Detectives found $6,000 in cash at the boys home and they served search warrants at three different locations and discovered what they say was $3,000,000 in marijuana plants.

DON’T RELY ON YOUR NOSE TO DETECT MARIJUANA USE. THE TEENSAVERS HOME DRUG TEST GIVES YOU A 5 MINUTE ANSWER TO THE QUESTION, “HAS MY TEEN USED MARIJUANA RECENTLY?”

There’s no word on how long this operation was active, but detectives did point out that the 17-year-old made it a point not to sell on campus.

If what the police say is true, who was this teen dealing to?

Were students buying this much marijuana off-campus?

More details will surely come out on this case, as several others were arrested. But authorities say the 17-year-old high school senior was the mastermind behind the operation.

These kinds of stories serve as a reminder to parents that teens may not only experiment with marijuana, but become criminally involved with it. Possession is only a misdemeanor in most states, but cultivating for sale and selling to minor charges can add up to serious felonies.

Without getting into one of those “gateway” drug conversations, we can say that when a teen is around a drinking or drugged environment, the risk factor of crime or injury is increased.

Talk to your teens about the dangers of alcohol and drugs. This teen may end up facing charges that will keep him behind bars for numerous years. He will miss college and the life that exists right after high school. While others are getting an education, learning a trade, or experiencing life for the first time as adults, this boy, if convicted, will be sitting in a cell.

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