NBC10- Deanna Durante
Two Delaware county brothers are in jail, accused of heading up a major suburban drug ring. Police say they made millions selling pot to local dealers. Tonight, police say that operation is shut down and NBC10's Deanna Durante talked to the suspects.
Authorities in suburban Philadelphia say they've broken up a multi million-dollar drug ring that trafficked in high-grade marijuana.
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman announced charges against eight suspects on Thursday.
"They didn't find anything on me or at my property," Stanislav Dubovsky told NBC10's Deanna Durante, "I did nothing." Dubovsky is one of the eight suspects arrested. He is being held on 1 million dollars bail.
Dennis Frederick of Delaware County and his brother Jeffrey Frederick, of Philadelphia, are the alleged kingpins of the operation. They are being held on 2 million dollars bail each.
"In Pennsylvania, you could shoot somebody in the head and get lower bail than this," said Defense Attorney Hope Lefeber.
District Attorney Ferman says nearly 3,700 pounds of potent pot was sent from California to Pennsylvania over the past 15 months. She estimated its street value at more than $14 million.
Ferman says the suspects used a freight service to ship marijuana in giant orange tool chests from Sacramento, Calif., to a Philadelphia suburb in Delaware County.
"This is really a crime that is generated by greed and people in California who maybe able to grow it and sell it legally in their home state, but they have found a way to make more money by shipping it across the country," said Ferman.
Officials began investigating in September 2012. They made several arrests earlier this month and seized guns, cellphones, nearly $700,000 in cash and 400 pounds of marijuana.