Man arrested in Butler County heroin bust

Photo provided by Butler County Sheriff's Office.
Photo provided by Butler County Sheriff's Office.

FAIRFIELD, OH (FOX19) - The Butler County Sheriff's Office arrested an alleged drug dealer Monday evening in Fairfield following a week-long heroin trafficking investigation.

Stefan A. Rutledge, 32, was charged with felony counts of trafficking heroin, possession of heroin, possession of bulk amount of fentanyl as well as failure to comply with police order. Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said that Butler County Undercover Regional Narcotics (B.U.R.N.) agents received information about a possible heroin trafficking operation in the Fairfield area and had Rutledge under surveillance for about a week.

Jones said agents observed Rutledge complete what appeared to be a drug deal Monday evening on Remblewood Drive. Authorities attempted to pull Rutledge over, who then led officers on a slow-speed pursuit while tossing items out of the window along the way.

Authorities said Rutledge eventually stopped in Forest Park and was taken into custody.

Further information obtained during his arrest led agents to execute a search warrant at an apartment on Ramblewood. Jones said the apartment appeared to be Rutledge's alleged base of operations in Fairfield, recovering approximately $4,000 in cash, 10 ounces of heroin, a "bulk" supply of fentanyl, various pills, a grinder and a press used to help prepare the heroin for distribution.

Rutledge is being held at the Butler County Jail.

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