Sheriff Plummer sends message to drug cartel: "We're on to you"
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer has a direct message to the Mexican drug cartels he says are operating in the Miami Valley: "get away from Montgomery County, we're on to you."
Plummer sat down with FOX45 in the Morning on Wednesday morning to talk about the Bulk Smuggling Task Force's latest bust, 20 pounds of fentanyl. The drugs are enough to kill 4 million people. The drugs were seized inside a home on Prentice Drive in New Carlisle. Plummer said the cartels are definitely operating in the county and have "great system" in place, mainly thanks to Interstates 70 and 75. It's been an on-going fight for the past four years, going after the cartel. It's a fight Sheriff Plummer said his officer will keep fighting, "will you ever let up?" FOX45's Elyse Coulter asked Wednesday morning, "Never," Plummer replied.
In all, Plummer said authorities have taken $7 million in cash and $36 million worth of product off the street. He said the hope is that hitting the cartel in the pocketbook will make them move their operations elsewhere.
Ohio is one of the states being hit hard by the opioid epidemic, but Sheriff Plummer said his office is seeing an influx of methamphetamine. The reason? Plummer said drug dealers are "realizing they're killing their customer base."