More than $1 million in heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine seized

New organized crime task force producing results.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Dec 15, 2013

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer, Warren County Sheriff Larry Sims, and Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Marlon Miller announced Friday that an investigation conducted by a newly formed Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission (OOCIC) task force has resulted in the seizure of more than $1 million in illegal drugs.

Authorities with the Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force served multiple search warrants Wednesday in Huber Heights, New Carlisle, and Tipp City as part of an ongoing drug trafficking investigation.  As a result, investigators located large amounts of heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine with an estimated street value in excess of $1 million. 

Hundreds of thousands of dollars were also seized, and four people were taken into custody.

The Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force consists of officers from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Montgomery County RANGE Task Force, Warren County Drug Task Force, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Department of Homeland Security, Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office, and Warren County Prosecutor's Office. 

The task force was developed to investigate upper level drug organizations in Montgomery, Warren, and surrounding counties.

"The members of this task force have been doing outstanding work to keep drugs off the streets and protect Ohio's families," DeWine said. "Heroin alone is killing people in Ohio each and every day, but by working to cut off the supply, we are certain that this task force is saving lives."

“This collaborative effort is proving to be highly effective in seizing large quantities of drugs before they impact neighborhoods in Montgomery County and surrounding areas," Plummer said. "Seizing large amounts of money from these drug trafficking organizations directly effects their ability to continue to supply the area.”

“This is another excellent example of the type of drug offenders that can be effectively dealt with by the collaboration of multiple agencies with their individual resources being pooled together," Sims said. "This OOCIC task force continues to demonstrate their value to their communities through the seizure of these drugs destined for the citizens of Ohio.”

Since its inception in September, the Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force has seized the following:

Methamphetamine: 25.2 pounds
Marijuana: Approximately 22 pounds
Heroin: 13.3 pounds
Cocaine: 439 grams
Illicit Pills: 749
Cash:  Hundreds of thousands of dollars

The task force has arrested a total of 51 people, and multiple guns have been seized.

“These significant results underscore how powerful collaboration is in combating a broad range of criminal activity,” said Marlon Miller, special agent in charge of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations in Detroit, which covers Michigan and Ohio. “When federal, state and local law enforcement bring together their diverse capabilities and unique authorities, our ability to disrupt and dismantle criminal groups is unmatched.” 

Established in 1986, the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission assists local law enforcement agencies in combating organized crime and corrupt activities. The Commission is composed of members of the law enforcement community and is chaired by the Ohio Attorney General.  

Comments

WASP71

How about coming to Norwalk and surrounding areas and getting the crap and low life thieves out of here. Tired of my community getting ripped off and nothing being done. Friends have been robbed. Other people I know have been robbed. Nothing is done because it seems they make too many deals. How about going back to the 3-strike rule? I think these people that have 30,40,50,60+ convictions need to just be put in jail for life. If you have 60 convictions against you, if you jay-walk they should put you away for life. When is enough enough? When can us honest people leave our homes and not worry about low life junkies stealing from us? When can we go to bed and not worry about our cars being rifled through for the $.50 in the change cup? They will give a $300 fine for not mowing their lawn or put a lien on their property for taxes owed, but we can't get a 4 time convicted drug addict more than 30 days in jail? Unbelievable. I don't know what we as citizens can do. No one runs against the judge so we can't switch. Cops keep arresting and they get out in 2 days. I think we need to rally down Main St or something. This getting to be BS. My rambling opinion.

Señor Clown

Worse yet at the local level, these seizures just create more scarcity in the supply-and-demand balance, inflating prices. Our local crackheads are still crackheads, only now it's more expensive for them to support their habits, so they have to work overtime robbing and stealing to make up the difference. Thanks Ohio Organized Crime Investigation Commission for keeping us safe!

MR.PERFECT

Legalize drugs, prostitution, and let everything sort it's self out

Capt. Ford

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