Officer pleads guilty to drug-case count

Associated Press


A southwest Ohio police officer admitted Thursday that he deposited money meant to avoid bank reporting requirements in an purpoted marijuana-smuggling operation.

Bryon Roos pleaded guilty to one count of structuring financial transactions to evade federal reporting requirements. Roos had pleaded not guilty in August to charges of money laundering, illegally structuring financial transactions, and conspiring to bring hundreds of pounds of marijuana to southern Ohio from Texas.

Roos was indicted with 10 other men, some of whom also have pleaded guilty or have agreed to plead guilty.

Details of Roos’ plea weren’t immediately available. A federal judge ordered a presentencing investigation of Roos, a decorated officer in the Cincinnati suburb of North College Hill who once received a medal of valor for rescuing a woman from a burning home.

Federal authorities said the conspiracy began about June 2006 when another defendant began receiving shipments of marijuana hidden in the gas tanks of vehicles at a Cincinnati auto business.

He and Roos, 43, would operate used car businesses to launder illegal drug proceeds and provide “what appeared to be a legitimate source of income,” according to the government.

Last year’s indictment also alleged that marijuana was shipped in crates containing tile and granite countertop bars transported by commercial freight companies to various locations in Hamilton County and adjoining Butler County before it was broken down and distributed.

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