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Police make largest drug bust in Butler Co. history

Jose Angel Macias-Mates (Courtesy Hamilton Police) Jose Angel Macias-Mates (Courtesy Hamilton Police)
Jose Alberto Martinez (Courtesy Hamilton Police) Jose Alberto Martinez (Courtesy Hamilton Police)
Carlos Castro-Arredondo (Courtesy Hamilton Police) Carlos Castro-Arredondo (Courtesy Hamilton Police)
Courtesy Hamilton Police Courtesy Hamilton Police

Posted by Trina Kinstler - email

HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - A joint effort between several police agencies has netted the largest drug bust in Butler County history.

The City of Hamilton Police Department began investigating a large cocaine distribution network several weeks ago that they said served Hamilton and several surrounding communities. Assistance was sought from The Drug Abuse Reduction Task Force (DART), Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI&I), and the United States Attorney's Office in Cincinnati.

The investigation resulted in three arrests, approximately 18 pounds of cocaine being confiscated, two vehicles, complete with hidden compartments, and two firearms seized. 

This single seizure is believed to be the largest cocaine bust in Butler County history.

Jose Alberto Martinez, 39, of Fairfield, Jose Angel Macias-Mates, 23, of Cincinnati, and Carlos Castro-Arredondo, 28, address unknown, are all charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Castro-Arredondo is also wanted out of Lake County, Indiana for murder.

If convicted, under Federal law, each of the three men faces a sentence of at least ten years imprisonment and up to life behind bars.

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