Sheriff Jim Neil reports that members of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Regional Narcotics Unit ("RENU") have been involved in a large scale heroin and cocaine trafficking investigation over the last 1"2 months that has resulted in the disruption of a drug trafficking network operating in California, Texas, Nevada, lllinois, as well as cities throughout Ohio, including Dayton, Springfield and Cincinnati.
During this investigation to date 14 individuals have been arrested and law enforcement has seized approximately 35 pounds of heroin, 18 pounds of cocaine, as well as over $600,000 dollars in assets derived from the drug trafficking activities of these individuals.
Further investigation identified two individuals responsible for organizing the drug trafficking activities as a current and former inmate of the London Correctional Facility, located in London, Ohio. During the investigation, RENU agents discovered that these two inmates, both from Mexico, would develop relationships with incarcerated drug traffickers from southern Ohio, all housed together at the London Correctional Facility. Through these relationships, and from inside the correctional facility, the two Mexican inmates were able to arrange drug shipments to local Southern Ohio drug traffickers. These shipments would be received and distributed by non-incarcerated associates of the incarcerated inmates at the London Facility.
ln January of this year, RENU agents and members of the lndiana State police participated in a joint investigation involving the seizure of 8.8 pounds of heroin and the arrests of two individuals in lndiana. Further investigation revealed the heroin shipment was destined for distribution in Cincinnati and Springfield, Ohio.
Subsequent to the arrests and seizure of heroin in January, law enforcement agencies in Ohio and lndiana along with the Dearborn County Prosecutor continued to investigate these individuals cooperatively, resulting in the collection of evidence against additional individuals, one currently incarcerated at the London facility and two additional subjects who are not yet in custody.
This investigation included assistance from the following agencies: the lndiana State Police, the Greensburg lndiana Police Department, the Batesville lndiana Police Department, the Dearborn County Sheriff's Office, the Springfield Ohio Police Department, and lnvestigators with the Ohio Department of Corrections.