Mistake led to marijuana bust

Posted: Jun.08.11  |  Author:  |  Category: Community

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COVINGTON – When Mike Finke opened the garage door of what he
thought was the foreclosed condominium he had just purchased for his
son, he was stunned at what he found.

Forty-eight pounds of
high-grade, medicinal marijuana one would typically find in California
“dispensaries” with an estimated valued of $150,000, according to

It turned out Finke had opened the wrong garage door
in the condo complex, but it led authorities to a major drug bust in
Northern Kentucky.

On Monday, Benjamin Bingham and Nicholas Mann pleaded not guilty in Kenton Circuit Court to conspiracy to traffic in marijuana.

Finke and his son, Matthew, declined to speak with a reporter, an
account of how the elder Finke stumbled upon the cache of marijuana is
outlined in public records and police reports.

Two months ago,
Mike Finke purchased the condo in the 900 block of Virginia Lane out of
foreclosure for $72,500. It has a sweeping view of the Ohio River and
Cincinnati’s skyline, and another condo in the complex is currently on
the market for $164,900.

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