Authorities recovered 7.4 pounds of heroin after 5 month investigation

Authorities recovered 7.4 pounds of heroin after 5 month investigation

HAMILTON COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Hamilton Co. police reported that Agents recovered 7.4 pounds of heroin, drug trafficking and packaging materials, including a heroin press, 2 stolen handguns with U.S. Currency, jewelry and numerous vehicles during a 5 month investigation.

Officials said the Hamilton Co. Grand Jury indicted Marcus Bankston, 35, Friday on Trafficking in Heroin, Conspiracy to Traffic in Drugs, Weapons under Disability, Receiving Stolen Property and 3 counts of Possession of a Hidden Compartment in a Motor Vehicle.

As a result of the 5 month investigation, Agents with the Regional Narcotics Unit executed 12 search warrants in the last 10 days at locations in Sycamore Township, Elmwood, Cincinnati and St. Bernard, said reports.

According to authorities, Bankston is currently housed in the Hamilton Co. Justice Center.

Sheriff Jim Neil stated, "This is another major arrest by our RENU Agents who continue to aggressively track down those trafficking heroin throughout our county. We're going after the dealers and we're not letting up until we get them."

RENU Agents have also issued felony warrants for 2 additional individuals connected to this investigation and are asking the public for assistance in locating them.

Derrick Wayne Ferris, 39, is charged with Possession of Heroin and Trafficking in Drugs.

Damon J. Jenkins, 36, is charged with Receiving Stolen Property.

Anyone with information about these two individuals is asked to call Crime Stoppers or RENU at 513-352-3673 or email

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