Man pleads not guilty in Ohio pot transport probe

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A California man has pleaded not guilty in what authorities say was a scheme to fly thousands of pounds of marijuana from California to Ohio.

Authorities say the operation distributed about 7,000 pounds of pot and made more than $3 million from November 2009 through April.

Ko Young of Winnetka, Calif., entered not guilty pleas Wednesday in federal court in Columbus on a conspiracy charge and five counts of possession with intent to distribute more than 200 pounds of marijuana.

Messages left with his attorney seeking comment weren't immediately returned.

The 36-year-old Young was one of six California residents charged in September with conspiracy.

One co-leader pleaded guilty last month. The other suspected co-leader, who authorities say flew with hundreds of pounds of the drug in her suitcases, is scheduled for trial next year.