Friday, July 13, 2001

Marijuana 'store' closed by police

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LUDLOW — A statement to police by a man arrested in Greendale, Ind., led police here to raid a Euclid Street home where 2 1/2 pounds of marijuana and 10 guns were stashed.

        The home was being used as a retail drug establishment, selling up to three or four pounds of marijuana a month, said Chief Tom Collins. He said the marijuana was coming into the home in compacted brick form, broken up and sold for an estimated $1,600 a pound on the street.

        The break Ludlow officers needed to close down the drug operation they said they had known about for a long time came from 25 miles away in Indiana. At 3:15 a.m. Thursday, Michael Teeters, 41, of 30 Euclid St. in Ludlow, was pulled over for a traffic violation in Greendale. After the traffic officer said he smelled marijuana and saw drug paraphernalia on the front seat of the vehicle, Mr. Teeters was arrested.

[photo] Ludlow Police Chief Tom Collins and patrolman Mike Preston unload guns confiscated from the home of Michael Teeters at 30 Euclid St.
(Patrick Reddy photos)
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        A search of the car uncovered a small amount of marijuana. During a strip search at the Dearborn County, Ind., jail, one-and-a-half grams of cocaine were found in a pouch hidden inside Mr. Teeters' mouth, said Greendale Patrolman Kendle Davis.

        Mr. Teeters confessed to selling three to four pounds of marijuana a month from his Ludlow home, said Patrolman Davis, who specializes in narcotics cases.

        In Indiana, Mr. Teeters is charged with possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released from the Dearborn County jail after posting $1,500 bail.

        Mr. Teeters then drove back to his Ludlow home, where Kentucky officials were waiting to arrest him again.

        “Whatever the trouble this guy is in over there in Greendale, he is in more trouble here,” Chief Collins said. “I don't know why he came back here.”

[photo] Police said they found 2 1/2 pounds of marijuana at Michael Teeters' home in Ludlow.
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        In Kentucky, Mr. Teeters is charged with trafficking of a controlled substance within 1,000 yards of a school, a felony that carries a penalty of one to five years in jail. Authorities said they were considering using federal anti-drug laws to seize Mr. Teeters' home and other possessions.

        Mr. Teeters' 19-year-old son, Brandon, said he had wanted his father to quit dealing for years.

        “I try to stay away from all of it,” he said from the stoop of his father's home. “I play basketball and try not to think about it.”

        Police called Brandon, who said he lives with his grandmother, to help control several dogs at the house so officers could search the building. Chief Collins described Brandon as a brave teen-ager who cooperated with police.

        Brandon said he believes his father saw confessing to trafficking in marijuana as a way out of dealing drugs, and the lifestyle that accompanies it.

        While police went through the home, Mr. Teeters' phone continued ringing with people wanting to buy marijuana. Chief Collins kept picking up and addressing the callers by name from the caller ID. The callers, who recognized the popular chief's voice, said, “Oh, hi, Chief Collins, what are you doing there?”


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