Sheriff’s deputies have intercepted $55,000 worth of heroin and opioid drugs in the past four days from vehicles traveling on Butler County streets.
On Thursday night, the undercover regional narcotics task force stopped a rented sport utility vehicle on Princeton Road in Liberty Twp. and found a pound and a half of heroin and $1,500 cash.
Billy S. Campbell, 36, of 2026 Caldwell Street in St. Clair Twp., was arrested for possession and trafficking in heroin. His wife and two children, both under the age of 10, were in the SUV when deputies made the stop.
On Sunday night, deputies with police dogs working drug interdiction duty stopped a car on Interstate 75 at Cincinnati-Dayton Road in West Chester Twp. where 350 grams of heroin and a large amount of oxymorphone ( an opioid-based drug) pills were found in the glove box.
Dayshone Miles, 22, of Detroit, was charged with two counts of possession of heroin, trafficking in heroin, possession of drugs and trafficking in drugs.
Lt. Mike Craft said Campbell obtained the drugs north of Butler County and was returning to Hamilton for distribution.
Deputies believe the Detroit man was passing through the area transporting the drugs to the south, Craft said.
The drugs seized Thursday have a street value of about $35,000 and Sunday’s seizure has an estimated value of $25,000.
Campbell may face additional charges, including child endangering, according to police.
“The children were terrified,” Craft said.
Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said heroin is “pouring in” to the county.
Jones said the violence that surrounds drug dealing puts everyone at risk.
“It’s scary that someone could be at a roadside park or at a McDonald’s getting a sandwich and have a load of drugs in the vehicle,” Craft said.
Anyone with information of drug-related crimes are asked to contact the Butler County Sheriff’s Office through the tip line, 513-887-3029 or dispatch, 513-785-1300.