Castleman’s case was bound over to a Butler County grand jury.
On Monday, Middletown police collaborated with multiple agencies to serve warrants and make an arrest in a bust of what the chief calls a “drug ring” that supplies as much as half of the drugs in the city.
Middletown, in conjunction with the Assistant United States Attorney Karl Kadon, the FBI, ATF, Butler County Drug Task Force, and the Warren County Drug Task Force have been conducting an investigation into a drug trafficking ring in the Middletown area, police said.
Alyx Shields, 23, of Middletown, was charged with drug abuse heroin.
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Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said the “drug ring” is believed to have a direct or indirect connection to the homicides of Teresa Shields, Benny Barefield, Kapriece Fuller and others.
Benwan Edwards of Middletown was taken into custody Monday morning by federal agents. More arrests are forthcoming, Muterspaw said. Guns, drugs and 20 vehicles were also confiscated as the search warrants were executed, police said.
Justin Castleman, 28, of Middletown, was charged with having weapons under disability.
“It was a big day for us,” Muterspaw said Monday.
Edwards, charged with drug trafficking, is in the Butler County Jail waiting.
Maj. Scott Reeve said no more federal charges have yet been filed.