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Several million in drugs, weapons seized in Butler County investigation

Published: Jun. 11, 2021 at 10:33 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 10:49 AM EDT
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HAMILTON, Ohio (WXIX) - Several million in narcotics and weapons were seized as the result of an extensive investigation, the Butler County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday.

Sheriff Richard Jones said $3 million worth of drugs, weapons, and cash were seized including:

  • 75,000 THC vape cartridges
  • 40 pounds of mushrooms
  • Multiple packages of candy edibles

On June 8, Jones said the Butler County Undercover Regional Narcotics Task Force (BURN) received information about large shipments of narcotics to be delivered in the 2600 block of Hamilton Cleves Road.

Agents observed a Penske rental box truck leaving the area and conducted a traffic stop.

The sheriff’s office K9 unit was deployed and alerted on the vehicle resulting in a search of the truck. Thirty large cardboard boxes containing drugs were located.

A search warrant of the property on Hamilton Cleves Road led to the discovery of several firearms.

Jones said this is one of the biggest seizures maybe not just in Ohio, but in the region.

“This is a very well-organized operation,” Sheriff Jones said. “This isn’t somebody doing this in the basement.”

According to Jones, 22-year-old Michael Morales was arrested and charged with trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs.

Micheal Morales
Micheal Morales(Butler County Sheriff's Office)

He was released from jail on bond.

More charges will be presented pending lab results, Jones said.

Now, the sheriff’s office says it’s working with federal agencies to bring down the operation.

“Sometimes these have international connections. Ok? It appears it may have come from out west but the investigation is continuing,” Sheriff Jones explained.

Anyone with information into the investigation is asked to contact the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

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