Fentanyl, heroin, cocaine and more seized following Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force arrest

Authorities seized 10 kilograms of fentanyl, two kilograms of cocaine, one kilogram of heroin, 336 grams of methamphetamine, four pounds of marijuana and about $150,000 in cash as part of a narcotics investigation. Photo courtesy the Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force.

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Authorities seized 10 kilograms of fentanyl, two kilograms of cocaine, one kilogram of heroin, 336 grams of methamphetamine, four pounds of marijuana and about $150,000 in cash as part of a narcotics investigation. Photo courtesy the Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force.

Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force found a kilogram of fentanyl and arrested a man Wednesday during a traffic stop as part of a narcotics trafficking investigation.

Jose Noriega-Rodriguez, 42, of Sinaloa, Mexico, was arrested on Interstate 70 by Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies, according to jail booking records.

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“Our community has already surpassed overdose numbers from last year and the number of deaths are continuing to rise,” said Montgomery County Sheriff Rob Streck. “The important part of the operation here is how many lives were saved from these dangerous drugs being distributed throughout our community.”

Noriega-Rodriguez is being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a preliminary aggravated trafficking charge. He has not been formally charged at this time.

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Jose Noriega-Rodriguez

Credit: Montgomery County Jail

Jose Noriega-Rodriguez

Credit: Montgomery County Jail

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Jose Noriega-Rodriguez

Credit: Montgomery County Jail

Credit: Montgomery County Jail

As part of the investigation, authorities searched a storage facility in Hilliard and an AirBnB in Columbus. The searches yielded another nine kilograms of fentanyl, two kilograms of cocaine, one kilogram of heroin, 336 grams of methamphetamine and four pounds of marijuana, as well approximately $150,000 in cash, according to a press release.

The Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force is part of the Ohio Attorney General’s Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission.

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“Fentanyl is flowing from Mexico to Ohio and killing our communities,” said Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost. “Overdose deaths might have taken a back seat in the minds of some, but they remain a high priority for our team, as the numbers have skyrocketed. Our drug task forces fight on the front lines every day to eliminate the cartel ties and remove this poison from our streets.”

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office also is part of the task force.

“Along with our partners, we continue to be dedicated in removing those individuals who are involved in the illicit drug trade,” said Clark County Sheriff Deb Burchett.

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