Troopers seize meth, guns in Butler County

Drugs, needles and a pair of loaded handguns were seized during a traffic stop in Middletown by Ohio Highway Patrol troopers. CONTRIBUTED
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Drugs, needles and a pair of loaded handguns were seized during a traffic stop in Middletown by Ohio Highway Patrol troopers. CONTRIBUTED

A traffic stop in Middletown resulted in the seizure of 70 grams of methamphetamine valued at approximately $7,070 as well as two handguns, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol.

A Middletown police drug-sniffing canine alerted possible drugs were in a 2001 Dodge Caravan troopers had stopped for a lane violation on Ohio 73 near Tytus Avenue at 2:55 p.m. Aug. 16, said Lt. Chuck O’Bryon of the highway patrol’s Lebanon post.

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A probable cause search was conducted where troopers found the drugs and two loaded handguns, O’Bryon said.

Dustin Carpenter, 30, of Trotwood, is facing eight felony and misdemeanor charges that include aggravated trafficking in drugs and drug abuse, both second-degree felonies; having weapons under disability, a third-degree felony; and possession of drug abuse instruments, driving under suspension, drug abuse, failure to drive in marked lanes, and a seat belt violation — all misdemeanor charges.

The drug bust was the result of an increased presence of troopers in Middletown, according to O’Bryon.