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‘Root of Evil’ case takes down ginseng poachers in Ohio

A total of 110 suspects were charged with a variety of offenses during the Ohio Division of Wildlife’s undercover ginseng investigation. (Photo courtesy Division of Wildlife)

The Ohio Division of Wildlife (DOW) is wrapping up a two-year undercover investigation into the illegal buying and selling of wild ginseng – an herb with a root that is highly valued (mostly in China) for its medicinal and spiritual qualities.
“Operation Root of Evil” ran from September 2018 to September 2020 and covered three ginseng harvest seasons, according to Kirk Kiefer, an investigator with the DOW who headed the operation.

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