Clermont County announces large drug bust

Posted by Trina Kinstler - email

BATAVIA, OH (FOX19) - The Clermont County Drug Task Force in conjunction with officers from nine other law enforcement agencies began serving warrants Thursday morning to 47 suspects for what police say is the county's largest drug bust.

It was a result of the Clermont County Grand Jury action Wednesday in returning 121 counts against these suspects involving the trafficking of drugs.

The investigation was dubbed operation "Opiate Blocker" by Clermont County Sheriff A.J. Rodenberg and concentrated on person who were involved in trafficking and abusing various opiates, including morphine, codeine, Oxycontin, Percocet, methadone and heroin.

Rodenberg says the number of individuals charged is the highest ever within Clermont County as the result of a single investigation.

The investigation was initiated in January by the drug task force as a result of an increase in opiate-related complaints, crimes, overdoses and deaths which specifically invovled Black Tar Heroin. Investigators say the task force seized or purchased 17 grams of heroin in all of 2007 compared to 301.5 grams in this operation alone.

Six other individuals had been previously indicted on 44 counts as a part of this operation.