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Traffic stop leads to 2nd largest drug bust in Butler Co. history

Edgar Contreras-Cadenas (provided photo) Edgar Contreras-Cadenas (provided photo)
Rosando Mendoza-Contrars (provided photo) Rosando Mendoza-Contrars (provided photo)
13 pounds of cocaine were stored in the back of the truck in 11 individual duct tape packages with a number written on them ready for sale. (via Butler Co. Sheriff Facebook page) 13 pounds of cocaine were stored in the back of the truck in 11 individual duct tape packages with a number written on them ready for sale. (via Butler Co. Sheriff Facebook page)
Tawnya, dog that responded to drug bust. (Butler Co. Sheriff Facebook page) Tawnya, dog that responded to drug bust. (Butler Co. Sheriff Facebook page)
BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -

A traffic stop on State Route 747 in Butler County led to one of the biggest drug busts in Butler County history.

According to Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones, deputies pulled over a truck around 7 p.m. Thursday just south of Port Union Road in West Chester Township.

Officials say the driver, 26-year-old Rosando Mendoza-Contrars and the passenger, 20-year-old Edgar Contreras-Cadenas were acting extremely nervous during the stop.

The K9 unit was then called to respond and immediately reacted on the tailgate of the Ford F-150. According to police, 13 pounds of cocaine were stored in the back of the truck in 11 individual duct tape packages with a number written on them, ready for sale.

Officials say both of the men were in the country illegally and are believed to have brought the drugs in from Mexico.

The B.U.R.N. Task force also responded to the scene for further investigation. According to the task force, the street value of the cocaine was worth about $300,000. B.U.R.N. Supervisor Sgt. Hackney said this was the second largest bust in Butler County to date.

Both men were charged with trafficking in drugs, and possession of drugs, both of which are felonies of the first degree. They were taken to the Butler County jail.

"This started as a marked lanes violation and turned into an expensive mistake on the part of these drug dealers," said Sheriff Jones. "I will continue my stance on drugs as well as prosecuting anyone that is dealing and selling drugs in this county and if they are here illegally, we will prosecute them, put them in prison and turn them over to I.C.E. (Immigration Customs Enforcement) for deportation."

The investigation is still ongoing.

Sheriff Jones made his stance on immigration public when he sent a letter to Mexican officials earlier this year asking the government to pay for all of the immigrants that have been housed in county illegally over the last 10 years.

"I know lots of communities that don't want them and those that do, they must have lots of money and resources, we do not," he said. "We're recovering, but it's by cuts and there's no jobs. We don't need any more jobs taken away."

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