Search warrant leads to task force drug arrest in Hamilton

A Hamilton man was arrested Monday and charged with drug felonies by the Butler County Undercover Regional Narcotics Task Force (BURN), according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

The unit executed a search warrant and arrested Jaraius Gilbert, 31, and charged him with trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs, fourth-degree felonies, and a parole violation. Three weapons, numerous amounts of ammunition, marijuana, and scales with a white residue substance were confiscated, according to the sheriff’s office.

More charges are expected to be filed, according to the office.

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“We have been focused on keeping the community and our personnel safe during this pandemic, but make no mistake; there is still police work to be done,” Sheriff Richard Jones said in a press release. “We are getting it done.”

Last year, a Hamilton man was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 16 years for shooting Gilbert’s son, Jaraius Gilbert Jr., 13, a Wilson Middle School student.

Miquan Hubbard, 19, of Village Street, pleaded guilty in March 2019 to murder with a gun specification. Hubbard fired 15 shots across the Hamilton street on the night of Aug. 29, hitting and killing Jaraius. Another teen was also struck and recovered.

The shooting was part of ongoing gang violence in Hamilton that started with a fatal shootout at the former Doubles bar in July 2016, investigators said.

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