HAMILTON -- The Butler County Sheriff's Department announced a major drug bust Tuesday afternoon.
Agents with the Butler County Sheriff's Regional Narcotics Task Force, or BURN, said they executed search warrants at two homes in Hamilton, one in the 2500 block of Imlay Avenue and the other in 1600 block of See Avenue.
Deputies said nearly 100 pounds of marijuana were seized, along with 1,500 methadone pills and $5,000 in cash from the two Hamilton homes.
James E. Saylor, 54, was arrested and charged with trafficking in drugs. Two others were charged with complicity to trafficking drugs: Jami Benware, 26, and Ronald Williams, 42.
Deputies said the marijuana came from Mexico and was shipped to the Tri-State area through Arizona.
Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones estimated the street value of the drugs at $100,000.
Jones said the dealers were sophisticated in how they packaged their product. He said they made sure it was secured air-tight so other people could not detect a smell.
Jones also said the dealers used an unnamed trucking company to move their drugs across the border.
This isn't the first time that it comes through a delivery system, Jones said. This isn't the first time we made an arrest in this nature.
He said the trucking company is currently under investigation.
July 13, 2010
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