Ohio Teen Little Czar Sentenced To Prison for Drug Trafficking

Posted By Urban News Hour | October 23, 2012

LEBANON, OHIO– Tyler Pagenstecher, a 17-year-old teenager, ran a multi-million-dollar drug-dealing ring during high school for several years was sentenced yesterday.

Pagenstecher, a clean-cut teen and unlikely suspect, was sentenced yesterday to serve 6 months  to 3 years   until he is 21-yrs-old in a juvenile jail prison for his alleged role as leader of a multi-million drug-dealing  ring with an estimated street value of $3 million.

The 17-year-old  charged with two felony counts, he turned himself in to authorities, and in juvenile court after he plead guilty to drug-trafficking charges on July 31, 2012.

Authorities say, Pagenstecher had been dealing drugs since at least 15 and managed to stay under their radar for a long time by not selling pot at school, but largely out of his home, where he lived with his single mother and 20-year-old brother.

Most of his customers attended Mason High and Kings High, two highly ranked public schools some 20 miles outside Cincinnati with lots of high-achieving, college-bound students from neighborhoods filled with doctors and lawyers.

Pagenstecher took orders from adults who led the drug ring but was in charge of six teenage lieutenants who helped sell the pot.

They were all arrested, as well as the seven adults who allegedly grew the weed under artificial lights in a furniture warehouse and two suburban homes.

The task force seized more than 600 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $3 million, or $5,000 a pound. They also found $6,000 in cash in Pagenstecher’s bedroom.

 Authorities say the teen was grossing about $20,000 a month selling a potent form of marijuana for about $350 to $450 an ounce.
The task force eventually got wind of what he was doing from informants and other sources last year, and undercover officers bought drugs from him twice.
“He is his own little czar over this high school scenario, ” said John Burke, commander of the Warren County Drug Task Force, adding that he has never seen a more successful teenage drug dealer in his jurisdiction.

Three weeks before he was supposed to start his senior year in high school, Tyler Pagenstecher pleaded guilty to the drug-trafficking charges in juvenile court.

He stood up in court Monday apologizing, saying that he didn’t realize the severity of his actions.

“I understood that I would get in trouble but not to the level or extent this has become, and I sincerely regret all of this… If I could take it all back, I would.”

Tyler Pagenstecher was taken into custody immediately after the hearing and will be turned over to Ohio’s Department of Youth Services where the agency ultimately will decide how long he will be in prison, depending on his behavior.


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