Cocaine, cash and guns seized after arrest of 'major player' in local drug scene

HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - A Hamilton resident is behind bars in connection with a drug bust described as a "significant win" for law enforcement.

The joint investigation between Hamilton Police, Butler County Sheriff's Office and federal agents ended Monday with the arrest of John Ingram.

The 55-year-old is facing multiple federal drug charges.

"I think this is as big as it gets. He's one of the major players," Chief Craig Bucheit said at a press conference Wednesday.

Authorities found 1.3 kilos of cocaine, 5 guns and nearly $20,000 in cash when they searched two homes linked to Ingram. Police also seized items from his private business on Central Avenue.

At two pounds, the amount of cocaine had a street value of more than $50,000, Bucheit said.

"Mr. Ingram was involved with the trafficking of multiple types of narcotics, not just cocaine. It just happens to be what we seized at the culmination of the investigation," Bucheit said.

Ingram's so-called "female companion" was also arrested. Bucheit said she played a role in the drug ring, but did not provide specific details of the charges she's facing.

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