8 charged in alleged high-grade pot ring in Pa.

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Authorities in suburban Philadelphia say they’ve broken up a multimillion-dollar drug ring that trafficked in high-grade marijuana.

Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman (REE’-sah VET’-ree FUR’-man) announced charges against eight suspects on Thursday.

She says nearly 3,700 pounds of potent pot was sent from California to Pennsylvania over the past 15 months. She estimated its street value at more than $14 million.

Ferman says the suspects used a freight service to ship marijuana in giant orange tool chests from Sacramento, Calif., to a Philadelphia suburb in Delaware County.

Officials began investigating in September 2012. They made several arrests earlier this month and seized guns, cellphones, nearly $700,000 in cash and 400 pounds of marijuana.

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