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"Big stash" of drugs in ceiling of Deerfield Twp. hotel

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Right now an investigation is underway after a "big stash" of drugs was found inside a bathroom at the Marriott Hotel on South Mason-Montgomery Road in Deerfield Twp.

The Warren County Drug Task Force was called to the hotel Thursday morning after maintenance workers found the drugs. The Hotel is back to business as usual but several guests say the discovery is a bit unsettling.

Sgt. Brandon Lacy tells FOX 19 that  maintenance workers were an area of the hotel where renovations are underway. That is when a member of the crew found a thick bundle of drugs hidden in the ceiling above a toilet in a public restroom.

Authorities described it as a white powdery substance but it's not clear what the drug is. Sgt. Lacy says they can no longer test drugs on site because narcotics circulating the streets now are potent and deadly.

Several guests staying at the Marriott were startled to hear that drugs were found in the hotel. "I hate to hear it hopefully they found where they came from and get rid of them and it's a safe place for us to stay this weekend," said Mickey Willbur, who is visiting from Louisville Ky for a baseball tournament.

Sgt. Lacy says it's not uncommon for hotels to be used as drug trafficking operations. He says often dealers will use it as a drop spot and the money might be picked up somewhere else. "I haven't heard that before, so I'll have to be more cautious and aware. I'm glad they found it. I'm glad it's out of here and obviously they'll pay closer attention to safety around the area going forward," said Chuck Draper, who is visiting from Michigan with his family for a dance competition.

The Warren County Sheriff's office says that it is unusual to see that type of drug activity in the Deerfield hotel and they have never had problems with the area.

Investigators are not saying what the value of the drug is. They will only say that it is substantial amount.

Where told the drugs have been sent to BCI to be tested. It could be weeks or months before the results are in stating what the substance is. 

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