We do not know the perpetrators as yet but a Mexican drug cartel might have been responsible for the slaughter of a family of eight in rural Ohio though it’s only one of the theories. However, consider the implications of a Mexican drug cartel slaughtering a family nearly 3,000 miles from the US-Mexcio border using a method common to cartels. Worse than that, consider the implications of a cartel having a well-established and extensive drug operation in southern Ohio.
It is not known if this was the cause of the family’s massacre but law enforcement has confirmed that drug cartels are active in rural Ohio.
The 16-year old boy had received what were perceived as Facebook threats from friends who volunteered their DNA to clear their names, CBS News reported.
The slaughter of 8 related family members in four separate locations in rural Pike County, Ohio might be tied to a drug cartel. The crime was well-planned, sophisticated, and the family were shot execution style, most in their sleep and all were shot in the head. The eight killed were: Hannah Gilley, 20; Christopher Rhoden Sr., 40; Christopher Rhoden Jr., 16; Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, 20; Dana Rhoden, 37; Gary Rhoden, 38; Hanna Rhoden, 19; and Kenneth Rhoden, 44.
All were shot multiple times and one victim was shot nine times.
The first 9-1-1 call came from the home where two males were found dead — the caller’s brother-in-law Chris Rhoden and cousin Gary Rhoden. It was one of four locations where bodies were found Friday. The woman who called in said in the 9-1-1 call there was “blood all over the house” and someone “beat the hell out of them.” The men were found lying on the floor in the back bedrooms.
USA Today reports that marijuana commercial grow operations were found at three of the four crime scenes, but he did not disclose the amount of drugs. Some reports indicate about 200 hundred plants worth half-a-million dollars.
No one in the family had a criminal record.
An official with knowledge of the operation told CNN’s Nick Valencia: “This operation was not for personal use; it was for something much bigger than that. It was a very sophisticated operation.”
“We have received over 100 tips, we have conducted over 50 to 60 interviews … over 100 personnel were involved in this investigation. Five search warrants have been executed, four crime scenes have been worked,” Attorney General DeWine said.
Rural Ohio has become a home to some in the Mexican drug cartel. According to WSAZ, “Marijuana seizures are common in Pike County.
The remoteness of the wooded countryside in Pike County, Ohio, makes it a perfect place for Mexican cartels trying to grow marijuana stateside.
In 2010, an estimated 22,000-plant crop was found about 4 miles into the woods. In August 2012, Ohio law enforcement officers found “a major marijuana grow site in Pike County with suspected ties to a Mexican drug cartel,” according to a press release from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office issued at that time.
“Everybody who was working those things took off before law enforcement could catch them,” said Pike County Prosecutor Rob Junk.
Officials said items left behind at camp sites used to guard the crops linked the operations to cartels. Cartels have been tied to similar operations elsewhere in the state, including another in 2010 where hunters tipped off officials to a camp and grow site at the Coshocton/Muskingum county line. Officials found 6,000 plants and 11 men were taken into custody. The two marijuana operations in Pike County, valued at an estimated $23 million, are the only cases Junk recalls being related to some kind of organized crime.
However, the execution-style slayings of eight members of the Rhoden family on Friday have people wondering whether there hasn’t been something lurking under the surface and under the noses of law enforcement.
Although commercial marijuana operations were found growing at three of the four murder scenes, officials have not said whether they believe they have anything to do with the deaths.
“We have a drug problem in Pike County like everybody else, mostly heroin and methamphetamine,” Junk said however.
The sheriff is telling residents that if they are fearful, they need to arm themselves.
We need to close our borders and we need to do it quickly or we will import the drug cartel culture to the entire US. In fact, we already have.
Where I live in suburban Long Island, drug cartels have set up networks and heroine and oxy are the drugs of choice. The Sinoloa cartel has been offering free heroine to youth in New York City and on Long Island to seal their hold over the areas.