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Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Makes Largest Drug Seizure in Division History

This week, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said its officers made the largest drug bust in its history.

On June 20, the Sheriff's Office announced that 81 pounds of methamphetamine were intercepted and seized by detectives with the Regional Narcotics Unit (RENU).

The bureau said the drugs came from California.

“A California-based drug trafficking organization is responsible for supplying large quantities of methamphetamine to local populations. [drug trafficking organization] members operating in Hamilton County,” the office announced Thursday. “As part of this ongoing investigation, Reginald Newton, a 49-year-old man, from Lynwood, California, has been charged with drug possession and trafficking drug.”

RENU is a joint regional task force comprised of local investigators from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, Green Township Police Department and the Cheviot Police Department. The unit has partnerships and task force officers assigned to Homeland Security Investigations and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

Methamphetamine overdoses have gradually declined over the past year in Hamilton County. The first quarter of 2024 saw 10 cases of meth overdose, compared to 28 reported in the second quarter of 2023, according to Hamilton County Public Health data.

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Photo: Hamilton County Public Health

The line graph shows substances detected at the time of death for suspected overdose cases, by quarter.

However, the health agency reports that the presence of fentanyl in the illicit drug supply remains a deadly problem. So far in 2024, fentanyl has been detected in 77% of all suspected overdose cases in the county, while xylazine has been detected in 42% of overdose cases.

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