CRIME
05/24/2013 08:23 am ET

'Operation Weed Whacker' Cuts Out $1 Million Of Marijuana From Philly Neighborhoods

Philadelphia's marijuana supply was stemmed -- at least temporarily -- thanks to a sting by narcotics officials in Montgomery County.

"Operation Weed Whacker" was set up to remove at least $1 million in high-grade grass from the region's marijuana black market by shutting down a group of dealers who brought about 3,670 pounds of pot into the area over the last year, according to Philly.com.

The yearlong wiretap investigation led to the arrests of brothers Dennis and Jeffrey Frederick, and Charles Sadrin of Lincoln, Calif. They face charges of manufacture, delivery and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy and related offenses, the Delco Times reported.

Five others were also charged in what Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman called one of the biggest drug busts in Montgomery County history.

“Over the course of 15 to 16 months, through both evidence we’ve gathered and analysis of freight records, we’ve been able to track approximately 3,673 pounds of marijuana being shipped from California to southeast Pennsylvania,” she said, according to TheReporterOnline.com. “Each of those is sold in Pennsylvania for $4,000 a pound. We’re talking about an organization that — in less than a year and a half — has moved $14.5 million. That is massive.”

Attorneys for the defendants thought officials spent a lot of effort for pot, a substance that is getting growing support for legalizaton from Americans.

"This is not about cocaine, it's not about crack, heroin or all of the other very addictive drugs. It's about pot," said defense attorney Hope Lefeber, who represents Dennis Frederick, told MyFoxPhilly.com.

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