23 Lbs Of Meth, 9.7 Lbs. Of Heroin Seized In Hamilton Co.
By Mike Perleberg
Photo by Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.
(Hamilton County, Oh.) – Seven people are behind bars after the largest methamphetamine bust in Hamilton County history.
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday the seizure of more than $1 million in meth after a lengthy drug trafficking investigation. The payload seized in a drug sting operation last week weighed 23 pounds.
Also seized were 9.3 pounds of heroin and fentanyl worth $6,000, a dozen firearms, and $100,000 in other criminal assets. About 1,100 fake oxycodone pills which are actually heroin and fentanyl were additionally confiscated.
Investigators say the seven local suspects worked with a Mexican drug cartel to funnel meth, heroin and fentanyl into the Tri-State. A network of individuals would travel to Los Angeles to meet with the cartel.
Those arrested include Justin McElroy, 27; Molly Manning, 26; Robert Howard, 26; Jeremy Schnur, 27; Taylor Finley, 23; Wesley Breen, 38; and Mario Adolfo Rosalles-Garcia, 31. Their charges include drug possession and trafficking. Howard and Breen face additional weapons charges.
Each of the suspects, except Manning, are being held at the Hamilton County jail. Manning is in custody in Bourbon County, Kentucky.
Five law enforcement agencies aided the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation, including the Cincinnati Police Department, Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force, Butler County Undercover Regional Narcotics Task Force, and Harris County Kentucky Sheriff’s Office.
(Left to right) Justin McElroy, Taylor Finley, Robert Howard, Wesley Breen, Mario Adolfo Rosalles-Garcia, and Jeremy Schnur. Photos by Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.