Prosecutor: Columbus becoming hub for international cartels

(Courtesy: Columbus Police)

Prosecutors want to keep a man behind bars who they say is linked to one of the biggest drug busts in the city.

Tuesday, they asked a municipal court judge not to set any bail for Boos Corona-Aguilar, 21, who is a suspected drug carrier in a case involving 66 pounds of heroin, fentanyl and cocaine. Corona-Aguilar was charged with two felony counts of possession of drugs.

Columbus Police freeway patrol stopped him Monday afternoon after they said he failed to signal while entering the ramp from Georgesville Road to I-270. Court documents indicate Corona-Aguilar was driving a 2010 Honda Accord which is registered to an area carpet cleaning company. In the car, police said they found a large amount of black tar heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine. The carpet cleaning company is also linked to an apartment on the east side where police said they found the rest of the drugs.

Prosecutors say the 30 kilos they found is enough to wipe out half the city of Columbus.

"This amount doesn't come here to Columbus, Ohio without it having some sort of tie to a cartel operation somewhere," said Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien.

He said Columbus is turning into a hub for international cartels as they move their drugs to New York, Chicago and other parts of the northeast.

In court, the public defender for Corona-Aguilar asked for the case be continued until Wednesday. The judge granted that motion which means Corona-Aguilar will stay locked up until then.

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