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Six month drug investigation ends in Butler Co. with multiple arrests

Erica Buchanan (Photo provided) Erica Buchanan (Photo provided)
Eduardo Vela (left) and James Abner (right) (Photos provided) Eduardo Vela (left) and James Abner (right) (Photos provided)

A six month long drug investigation ended Thursday after two search warrants led to three arrests in Butler County.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones says that the investigation began as a tip and that B.U.R.N. (Butler County Undercover Narcotics) Taskforce executed the first search warrant in the 800 block of Gordon Smith Boulevard in Hamilton.

Officials say in the first search warrant execution, Erica Buchanan, 28, was charged with trafficking and possession of drugs.  She also had an outstanding warrant from the city of Hamilton for a probation violation. Eduardo Vela, 23, was also charged with having weapons under disability.  He had an outstanding warrant for probation violation through the city of Hamilton. 

During the search, agents confiscated a pistol, numerous pharmaceuticals, drug paraphernalia and more than five grams of cocaine, Sheriff Richard Jones said in a release.

The second search warrant was also executed in 800 block of Gordon Smith Boulevard.  

According to authorities, agents made one arrested and confiscated more than 10 grabs of cocaine, drug paraphernalia and approximately $700. 

Officials charged 35-year-old James Abner with trafficking drugs and possession of cocaine. 

“I have agents working around the clock to stay on top of this issue and it keeps working in my favor. These agents continue to impress me with their quick action and dedication on getting these criminals and their illegal drugs off the Butler County streets. Keep those tips coming in, and we will keep arresting these people and end their illegal drug business,” Sheriff Jones said in a release.

All three subjects are being held in the Butler County jail.  

The case is still under investigation. 

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