Agents Apprehend Drug Trafficker through Tips

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Jan 292016
 

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January 29, 2016

Agents Apprehend Drug Trafficker through Tips

Sheriff Richard K. Jones reports that on January 14th, the Butler County Undercover Regional Narcotics Taskforce (B.U.R.N.) received a tip that a subject had been traveling out of state on a regular basis to illegally obtain large amounts of Roxicet (Oxycodone/Acetaminophen) prescription pills.

In late January, agents received information as to when the subject was currently out-of-state obtaining the Roxicets. Through surveillance, agents were able to locate the subject as he was returning to the Butler County area. Denny Gambrell, 69 year old male from Harrison Ohio, was apprehended at Speedway located at 4320 Roosevelt Blvd. in Middletown. Agents confiscated more than 300 Roxicet tablets in Gambrell’s possession.

These tablets carry a street value of approximately $10,000. They are prescribed for moderate to severe pain in patients. “Taking this stuff can be deadly, some common side effects include respiratory depression, apnea, respiratory arrest, circulatory depression, hypotension, and shock. It is clearly not something to mess with. We will be presenting several felony charges at Grand Jury,” said Sergeant Jason Owens. This amount of tablets is over twenty times the bulk allowed by law.

“I am tired of these thugs bringing this stuff into this County. I have my guys working diligently on tips and leads as well as agents gathering intel on when, where and how it’s coming here and obviously it is paying off. There are those who love to take a chance and my guys love the challenge when they do. There will be more to come on cases exactly like this. Keep your tips coming in,” said the Sheriff.

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Safe Internet Exchanges at Butler County Jail

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Jan 262016
 

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January 26, 2015

Sheriff Offers Jail Lobby for Safe Internet Exchange Location

 

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones is offering a safe area to conduct internet business transactions.  Those who make purchases on internet sites such as craigslist and ebay normally do not personally know the buyer or seller.  Meeting a complete stranger to conduct any business has potential to be dangerous.  Having a safe place to make the exchange can make a difference.

There have been several cases where people have been assaulted, robbed, even killed from using these sites to make purchases or sell items.  In May of 2015, 17 year old John Winstel thought he was meeting someone to buy video games.  He had set up the transaction through Craigslist and agreed to meet at Heritage Elementary in Liberty Township for the exchange.  “When he got there, Logan Jatzek, Randy Ehrhardt, both 18, and a 17-year-old juvenile assaulted and robbed him.  They were arrested a short time later, but these types of transactions have a lot of potential for a crime to take place, and they certainly have. People have lost their lives over a few dollars and if I can lessen any chance for someone to get injured, I’m going to do just that,” said Sheriff Jones.

Beginning February 1st, the exchange location will be in the main lobby of the Butler County Jail.  Exchanges can take place 7 days a week between 8 AM and 8 PM.  The Sheriff is also considering designated marked parking spaces in the front lot designated with signs for exchanges for those not wanting to use the lobby.

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Scammers Posing as U.S. Treasury Agents

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Jan 142016
 

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January 14, 2016

Scammers Posing As U.S. Treasury Agents

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones reports that back in October of last year, we sent out information on a scam involving the Internal Revenue Service. This trend is continuing this year and we are receiving phone calls about the activity.  A suspect informs the victim by phone that they are calling from the Internal Revenue Service.  They tell the victim they owe back taxes that need to be collected as soon as possible.  The amount the suspect tells the victim they owe is normally between 5 and 6 thousand dollars.  The scammer will agree to a compromise if the victim offers money.

The Sheriff is reminding everyone to never give information over the phone, especially personal information. It is always suspicious when demands of money are made or there are threats of incarceration.  Please stay in contact with elderly relatives and friends who are often the target of these scams.

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Three Arrested in Hamilton and Mt. Healthy Heroin Bust

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Dec 072015
 

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December 7, 2015

Three Arrested In Large Heroin Bust

Sheriff Richard K. Jones reports that On December 4, 2015, Agents with B.U.R.N. (Butler County Undercover Regional Narcotics) Taskforce along with Agents from D.A.R.T. Hamilton County Drug Abuse Reduction Taskforce conducted simultaneous search warrants on a drug trafficking cell.  The cell was operating in both Butler and Hamilton Counties.

Rashod Lindsey, 27 year-old male, and Kelvin Whiteside, 23 year-old male, were arrested during the search warrant at 1866 Lakeknoll Drive, Apartment D in Mount Healthy Ohio. Ray Walker, 30 year-old male was arrested at 6 North 10th Street in the City of Hamilton.

During the search, agents located a pound and a half of heroin, miscellaneous pills, 5 firearms, 1 being stolen, $6,000.00 in cash, a drug press, digital scales and other paraphernalia.

The heroin had an estimated street value of over $70,000.00. “I will take them one at a time, or by the dozen to get this junk off the street and out of this County,” said the Sheriff. “We recently re-opened the Butler County Resolutions Jail, so I have plenty of space for these criminals. You can call, text, Facebook message, come in person or we will even come to you to get information on drug dealers. Jail is the best place for these people. This was great police work by both agencies.”

Rashod Lindsey is charged with trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs, and weapons under disability, all felony charges. Ray Walker is charged with trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs. Kelvin Whiteside is charged with trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs. All charges are felonies.

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Mother & Boyfriend Arrested for Beating a Toddler

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Dec 032015
 

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December 3rd, 2015

Mother & Boyfriend Arrested for Beating a Toddler

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones reports that yesterday morning around 6 AM, Madison Township and the City of Trenton emergency crews responded to 3457 Radabaugh Road for an infant that was unconscious.  A 2 year old girl was transported to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital that was not breathing.

Butler County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division responded to the hospital and were advised by physicians that the severe injuries the little girl sustained were consistent with child abuse.  The child suffered life-threatening injuries and is currently on life support.

“I am beside myself,” said the Sheriff.  “I have met some truly, sick people in my career, people who have done terrible things and this, I can’t even begin to grasp.  I am going to work closely with the Butler County Prosecutors Office to seek the highest punishment possible for the people who did this.”

Rebecca Kinner, 23 year old female, has been charged with permitting child abuse.  Bradley Young, 26 year old male, has been charged with felonious assault.  Both are in the Butler County Jail.  Investigators will continue to monitor the welfare of the child which could result in modified criminal charges.

The case is still under investigation by the Butler County Sheriff’s Detectives Division.  If anyone has information regarding this case, submit a tip at www.butlersheriff.org/tips or by texting “COPS” to 274637. You can also call our dispatch center at 513-785-1300.

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Drugs Confiscated with $10K Street Value

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Nov 182015
 

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November 18, 2015

$10K In Drugs Confiscated In Search Warrant

Butler County Sheriff, Richard K. Jones reports that yesterday, early afternoon, the BURN (Butler County Undercover Regional Narcotics) task force conducted a search warrant at 281 Walnut Street in the City of Hamilton.  The search resulted in the discovery of over 40 grams of heroin and over 40 grams of cocaine.  Agents also located a scale, cutting supplies, and a press machine these items are used to prepare the drugs prior to mid-level distribution.

Lateef Stewart

Lateef Stewart

Agents also confiscated approximately $500.00 in cash. Lateef Stewart, 38 year old male, was arrested and charged with two counts of Trafficking in Drugs, 1st and 2nd degree felonies and two counts of Possession of Drugs, also 1st and 2nd degree felonies.  Mr. Stewart also had active outstanding warrants for child support.

Additional drug related charges will be presented to the Grand Jury. “The narcotics that were confiscated at the scene had over a $10,000 dollar combined street value.  That is a lot of bad medicine removed from the street,” said Sheriff Jones.  “If you think for one second these criminals care who they are selling to, you’re way off base.  They want the money.  They don’t care if it’s a kid or adult as long as you are handing them some cash.  I am proud these agents took care of this one quickly, and there’s many more to come.”

The Sheriff encourages everyone to continue to report drug-related activity to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

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Sheriff Opposes Release of Federal Inmates

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Nov 122015
 

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November 12, 2015

Sheriff Jones Addresses The President On Release Of Inmates

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones has sent a letter to President Obama over the intent to release of thousands of Federal Prisoners at the end of this month.  The Sheriff is disgusted by this and says it strips people from their securities.

The Sheriff has a harsh stance against drug dealers.  “The words “non-violent” drug offense is disturbing.  If a heroin dealer sells heroin to someone who dies from taking it, that’s about as violent as it gets,” said the Sheriff.

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Drug Warrant Sweep

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Nov 122015
 

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November 12, 2015

Agents Conduct Out-Standing Drug Warrant Sweep

Sheriff Richard K. Jones reports that on Tuesday, November 10th around 6 AM, B.U.R.N. (Butler County Regional Narcotics) Taskforce and the United States Marshals Service S.O.F.A.S.T. (Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Taskforce) joined efforts and conducted a county-wide sweep for outstanding drug-related warrants.

“These arrests are the result of several lengthy investigations into the heroin epidemic. We worked well together to make this a success,” stated Sergeant Jason Owens.

The Sheriff’s Office conducts quite a few warrant sweeps each year with a high success rate. “This is a necessity”, said the Sheriff. “If you have a debt to pay, someone has to collect it. Tuesday morning was a great accomplishment in doing just that. I am very proud of these agents and appreciate the assistance of the Marshals. We fully intend on conducting more arrests in the future.”

The following were arrested on the out-standing drug warrants:

  1. Jerome Collier
  2. Lonnie Whitten Jr.
  3. Daniel Trammell
  4. Rhett Smith
  5. Christopher Johnston
  6. Claude Bradley Jr.
  7. Donzel Galliher
  8. Jamin Proffitt
  9. Robert Kennedy Jr.
  10. Lauren Redmon
  11. Beverly Stegall
  12. Khiry Chambers
  13. Kenneth Jones

The Sheriff is requesting anyone with information on the following individuals to contact The Sheriff’s Office at 513-785-1293. You can remain anonymous.

  1. Michael Laney
  2. Jackie Fowler
  3. Demonta Perry
  4. David Powell
  5. Brent Lewis
  6. Brittany Boggs
  7. Jacqueline Cassano
  8. Martin Hoober

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Pedestrian Struck in Liberty Township

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Nov 102015
 

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November 10, 2015

Pedestrian Struck By Vehicle In Liberty Township

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones reports that last night at approximately 7 PM, S.T.A.R.T (Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team) along with Liberty Township emergency crews responded to the intersection of Hamilton Middletown Road and Princeton Glendale Road in Liberty Township for an accident involving a pedestrian.

Preliminary investigations indicate that the pedestrian, Duane Mielke, a 73 year old male from Iowa, was crossing Hamilton Middletown Road and was not in a crosswalk. He was struck by a northbound vehicle. The driver of the car, Jeremy Rush from Monroe Ohio, did not sustain injuries and was not transported to the hospital.  Mr. Mielke was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the accident is still under investigation by S.T.A.R.T. Charges have not been filed at this time.

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Two Month Investigation Leads to Heroin Bust

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Nov 022015
 

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November 2, 2015

Two Month Investigation Leads To  Heroin Bust

Sheriff Richard K. Jones reports that on Friday, October 30th, agents with B.U.R.N. (Butler County Undercover Regional Narcotics) Taskforce concluded a two month heroin investigation.  A search warrant was executed at 3812 Mack Road, apartment T.  The search resulted in the arrest of Derrick D. Solomon 33 year old male.  Mr. Solomon was in possession of 80 pre-packaged amounts of heroin.  “The packages were completely ready for distribution.  Every package is at least one dose someone can’t take,” stated Sergeant Jason Owens.   Agents also located a handgun, multiple digital scales and $500.00 cash.

Derrick Solomon

Derrick Solomon

Mr. Solomon was charged with trafficking in drugs, a felony of the 1st degree, possession of drugs, a felony of the 2nd degree, weapons under disability, a felony of the 3rd degree, possession of drugs and trafficking in Drugs, both 5th degree felonies.

B.U.R.N. will continue to investigate any and all tips of illegal drug activity. “This was a good day,” said Sheriff Jones.  “Heroin is killing people at a very rapid rate.  You can die the first time you try it.  Heroin is extremely lethal, and I want it out of this county and off our streets.  I encourage anyone with information to text, call, stop in, whatever it takes to put these criminals out of business.”

B.U.R.N. will work with directly with the Butler County Prosecutor’s Office to continue the investigation.  They do expect more arrests and charges soon.

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