A drug investigation involving multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Hamilton Police Department and the Butler County Sheriff’s Office, has led to the arrest of “one of the biggest drug dealers in the area,” police said.
A months-long investigation culminated late Monday evening with the arrest of Johnathan Ingram, 55, of Hamilton, according to Hamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit.
Here are three things to know about the case:
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1. Agency cooperation. The investigation has unfolded over the past several months and included local, state and federal law enforcement agencies including the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Butler County Regional Narcotics Task Force, which Hamilton is a part of, and the D.A.R.T. Hamilton County Drug Abuse Reduction Taskforce also was part of the investigation.
2. Search and seizure. After arresting Ingram, two homes at 128 Beckett St. and 81 Beckett St. and one business at 811 Central Ave. in Hamilton were raided, according to police. Searches at those locations resulted in the seizure of 1.3 kilograms of cocaine, five guns and nearly $20,000 in cash. Police are looking into whether or not Ingram was using his business as a front for a drug operation.
3. Considered a win. Ingram was identified as a “major player” in the local drug dealing scene. Police Chief Craig Bucheit said Ingram’s arrest was a significant win for the community and police to have him off the streets.