WILMINGTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A multi-county drug investigation has resulted in charges against 72 suspects. Investigators released the names of them all during a news conference Friday morning. Some are already arrested. They are still looking for others:
The Wilmington Police Department said the investigation was launched after observing a explosion of heroin use in the last 18 months that lead to a 632 percent increase in overdose related calls for service.
“We learned very quick that it doesn’t just affect Wilmington. Some of these people were also selling and trafficking communities as well,” said Chief Duane Weyand with the Wilmington Police Department.
On June 23, 2014, secret indictments were returned by the Clinton County Grand Jury on 47 individuals for trafficking in drugs. Another 25 are charged with attempted possession.
Wilmington Police and The Greater Warren County Drug Task Force conducted several drug buys that started in the Wilmington area and lead to Dayton.
Search warrants were executed in Wilmington and the Dayton area where officers said they recovered cocaine, heroin, meth, fentanyl, and marijuana, along with numerous firearms and cash.
During the investigation they said they found food stamps being sold for 50 cents on the dollar in trade for narcotics.
In the drug bust, officials found more than 900 grams of cocaine was found and more than 70 grams of heroin.
With this crackdown, officials hope to eliminate the drug off the street and continue drug prevention awareness.