The search continues for those who committed the Ohio execution style murders. Was it a drug deal gone bad? Does the Mexican Cartel have any involvement?
The entire population of the town is only 2,000 people. How could this happen?
Pike County prosecutor says, “We have a drug problem like everybody else, but mostly heroin and methamphetamine.”
The remoteness of Pike County’s wooded countryside makes it a perfect place for Mexican cartels trying to grow marijuana.
In 2010, an estimated 22,000-plant crop was found about 4 miles into the woods off Green Ridge and Grassy Fork roads. Two years later, another 1,200 plants were found on the other side of the county just off Hickson Road. No one was arrested either time, said Rob Junk.
Ohio state Attorney General Mike DeWine stated in 2012 that law enforcement officers found “a major marijuana grow site in Pike County with suspected ties to a Mexican drug cartel.”
CNN reported that “Investigators destroyed about 1,200 marijuana plants and found two abandoned campsites they believe belonged to Mexican nationals.”
Dewine told CBS News that there are “many different theories” they are exploring as to who committed the heinous crime. Cartel involvement is one of them.
This Associated Press graphic shows the areas where Mexican drug cartels are known to be operating in the US.
CBS News reports that 200 marijuana plants were found at several homes where the murders took place. The plants are estimated to be worth around a half a million dollars.
Now, eight family members are dead in “execution-style killings” across four different locations in Pike County, Ohio.
Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader said “It’s absolutely shocking, some of these scenes.”
All eight victims, including seven adults and one 16-year-old, all appeared to have been “shot in the head.” And one of the victims was killed lying in bed with a her 4 day old baby. The baby was left unharmed.
ABC News reports those killed were “40-year-old Christopher Rhoden Sr.; his ex-wife, 37-year-old Dana Rhoden; their three children, 16-year-old Christopher Rhoden Jr., 19-year-old Hanna Rhoden and 20-year-old Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden; Christopher Rhoden Sr.’s brother, 44-year-old Kenneth Rhoden; their cousin, 38-year-old Gary Rhoden, and 20-year-old Hannah Gilley”
Still, no arrests have been made, and the individuals are still at large, armed and dangerous.
The brutality involved in the killings have led many to believe that a cartel is involved.
Mexican cartels are known for committing horrific murders, and now we may be seeing an increase in their activity in the US.
Obama’s legacy of handcuffing our border patrol which allows the flood of Mexican Cartels and illegals lives on.