Middletown police: 4 arrested in large fentanyl drug bust

Middletown police arrest 4 in drug bust, money and vehicles recovered

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (FOX19) - Middletown police announced a large drug bust Tuesday, resulting in four arrests and a substantial seizure of drugs and money.

The Middletown Division of Police Special Operations Unit conducted the investigation, which police say stemmed from a drug investigation in the 3400 block of Grand Avenue.

Middletown Police Chief of Police David Birk describes what authorities recovered.

“They found $130,000 in currency,” he said. “They seized several vehicles and they also found under 400 grams of fentanyl, which is a lot of narcotics. The street value goes for $100 a gram, or more so."

Agents from the Department of Justice’s ATF reportedly assisted in the investigation, which police say had been going on since the beginning of 2019.

“We take a very strong stance on narcotics and narcotics sale,” Birk said. “And what we are trying to do is reduce that in the city. And I think this is one step to doing that, getting these individuals that are selling off the street, and to make Middletown a safer place for everybody.”

Four people were arrested: Chris Lewis, 31; Djuan Rice, 38; Edward Lewis, 56; and Natasha Walton, 32.

Deante Lewis, 32, is still wanted. Police say information leading to his arrest could lead to a cash reward.

Deante Lewis, Chris Lewis, Rice and Walton are all charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. Deante Lewis and Rice are additionally charged with trafficking in fentanyl.

Walton is additionally charged with drug possession and receiving proceeds subject to forfeiture.

Edward Lewis is additionally charged with permitting drug use.

Middletown police urge anyone with information about drug traffickers or wanted persons to call them at 513.425.7749.

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