Fentanyl seized in local drug bust called enough to kill millions: What we know now


State and local officials on Tuesday announced the results of a bust that seized fentanyl, marijuana and cash in Clark County on Monday. 

Here’s what we know about the bust:

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1. Large amount of fentanyl. An estimated 9 kilos (just under 20 pounds) of fentanyl worth more than $3.6 million on the street was seized.

“What you’re looking at here is enough fentanyl to kill every man, woman and child in the Miami Valley,” DeWine said. “In fact, even beyond the Miami Valley. I think this is enough to kill 3 or 4 million in the state of Ohio.”

2. What else was seized? More than 100 pounds of marijuana and $150,000 in cash was part of the bust. Plummer explained that the smugglers used very elaborate methods to bring the drugs across the border. He said the authorities found the majority of Monday night’s seizure in the dashboard of a car. Some of the drugs were found in a house as well.

Information from DeWine’s office, released immediately after the news conference, said the men were arrested after a series of traffic stops and the search of a residence on Prentice Drive in New Carlisle.

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3. Task force involved. DeWine lauded the Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force and is holding it up as a model that should be followed statewide. Plummer said the task force -- made up of officers from Miami Twp., the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Butler Twp. Homeland Security, the Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office -- has taken more than $7 million from the cartel.

4. 4 arrests. Four males have been arrested in the ongoing investigation that Plummer and DeWine said is targeted at the drug cartel in Mexico.

None has been formally charged. They are:

• Omar Alejandro Cantu-Garcia (Nuevo Leon, Mexico), 28 -- detained on drug trafficking charges

• David Guillermo Cantu-Garcia (Nuevo Leon, Mexico), 30 -- detained on drug trafficking charges

• Pedro Medina (Nuevo Leon, Mexico), 40 -- jailed on federal detainer for drug possession. Arrested at 555 Infirmary Road

• Aguilar Reyes-Espinosa (New Carlisle), 43 -- detained on drug trafficking charges

5. Continuing efforts. DeWine said he has spoken with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions about additional resources to fight drugs coming across the border from Mexico. 

“I guarantee you, a lot of lives have been saved” because of this drug seizure, DeWine said.


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