New effort to stop drug smuggling in SW Ohio

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LEBANON, Ohio (WDTN) – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Monday the formation of a new Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission task force focused on the investigation and interception of large-scale illegal drug and cash transactions in Warren, Butler, Hamilton, and Clermont counties.

It is called the Southwest Ohio Bulk Currency Smuggling Task Force and is comprised of investigators from the Warren County Drug Task Force, Clermont County Narcotics Unit, Regional Enforcement Narcotics Unit, Ohio State Highway Patrol, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, and Butler County Prosecutor’s Office.

“The goal of this new task force is to target high-level drug trafficking operations exchanging large amounts of money and drugs in southwest Ohio,” said Attorney General DeWine.

Those recruited for the task force say going after the money is one of the most effective ways of stopping drug sales.

“The number one way to take down a criminal organization is to go after the money,” said Marlon Miller, special agent in charge for HSI Detroit, which covers Michigan and Ohio. “Money is overwhelmingly the primary motive for the criminal activity we investigate. When we eliminate a criminal organziation’s profits, it significantly inhibits their ability to commit crimes in our communities.”

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