Exclusive video: 13 arrested in Clermont County drug sweep

Published: Jul. 2, 2015 at 6:13 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 2, 2015 at 6:27 PM EDT
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CLERMONT COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Complaints from residents, business owners and even a village mayor led to the arrest and indictment of at least one dozen drug offenders.

The Clermont County Sheriff's department conducted a targeted drug enforcement sweep on Thursday with 20 arrest warrants – primarily for charges related to heroin and meth trafficking.

[Exclusive video: Targeted drug sweep in Clermont County]

FOX19 NOW was the only local crew there as law enforcement officials, including the criminal investigation unit and narcotics deputies, arrested 13 suspects. Five other people were arrested on unrelated outstanding warrants.

Deputies confiscated $5,000 in cash and found an active meth lab at one sweep location.

The sweep comes after a five month investigation into drug activity in the community. The mayor of the Village of Felicity, where several of the arrests were made, had complained to the sheriff's office about the issues.

"Just like most parts of the state of Ohio, there is a lot of issues with heroin right now and it's just, it's what we are seeing. It's what we are fighting," said Don Larrison, who owns businesses in Felicity.

Chief Deputy Steve Leahy said he was pleased with the sweep and that no suspects resisted arrest.

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