Deputies arrest 2 men after finding 3 kilograms of Fentanyl in Butler County, sheriff says

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Published: Oct. 16, 2023 at 12:33 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 16, 2023 at 2:04 PM EDT
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BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX) - Deputies arrested two men after they seized around three kilograms of Fentanyl on Saturday afternoon in Butler County, according to Sheriff Richard Jones.

Sheriff Jones says deputies were conducting a traffic stop around 12:30 p.m. on Route 4 when they found 33-year-old Luis Hernandez-Ramos and 27-year-old Douglas Mancias-Martinez inside the vehicle.

Both suspects had Mexican driver’s licenses, the sheriff explained. The suspects provided conflicting stories and acted nervous in front of the deputies, which led to a K-9 vehicle search, the sheriff said.

Sheriff Jones says the deputies discovered three kilograms of Fentanyl in vacuum-sealed packages.

“This is just what we got on a routine traffic stop in Butler County,” Sheriff Jones said. “That’s enough fentanyl to kill everybody that lives in Columbus and enough fentanyl to kill everybody that lives in Cincinnati.”

Both suspects were then arrested and booked into the Butler County Jail. The sheriff says they are facing possession of drugs and trafficking in drugs charges.

Sheriff Jones says the suspects work for a major drug cartel but did not mention which drug cartel it may be.

State Representative Cindy Abrams, who was at Monday’s press conference with the sheriff, is co-sponsoring a bill in the Ohio House to make it mandatory five years in prison if someone sells drugs to anyone who dies from taking them.

“These drug traffickers know damn well what they’re selling,” Rep. Abrams said. “They know damn well it’s fentanyl and it’s killing Ohioans and it’s heartbreaking.”

Sheriff Jones said he is putting in a request with Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s office to give him more resources like more personnel and more money to catch those who are transporting the narcotics for the drug dealers.

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