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More than $100,000 worth of fentanyl seized in bulk smuggling bust

HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WRGT) - About $100,000 worth of fentanyl was seized by the Miami Valley Smuggling Task Force in a Huber Heights traffic stop following a long-term narcotics investigation.

According to a press release, Tania Castillo and Clarissa Contreras from Michoacán, Mexico were arrested January 17 when officers stopped their vehicle on Chambersburg Road. The drugs were found inside the vehicle and seized by the task force.

“We have seen the highest recorded drug overdoses in Montgomery County in the last two weeks. This seizure of fentanyl will have a direct impact in saving lives in our communities,” Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer said.

“When taken without a prescription, fentanyl is extremely dangerous and deadly. We want to take as much of this drug off of the streets as possible, and that’s exactly what happened with this case,” Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said. “Thanks to the hard work of local, state, and federal authorities working as part of this task force, this fentanyl will not take the lives of anyone suffering from addiction and those who brought it to the Miami Valley will be held responsible.”

The Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force, which is part of the Ohio Attorney General's Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission, is made up of officers from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Miami Township Police Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Montgomery County RANGE Task Force, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, Drug Enforcement Administration and Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office.

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