Clark County deputies help with massive bust of cocaine
UPDATE: The Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force has updated that the drugs seized in this bust were cocaine, not fentanyl.
The suspects are still facing federal charges.
CLARK COUNTY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - Enough fentanyl to kill everyone in the Miami Valley was seized in a major bust this week, highlighting just how severe the drug problem is in the area.
The bust took place in Clark County, and agencies around the area work together to take it off the streets.
"We're absolutely pleased that these drugs are off the streets," said Clark County Sheriff's Office Major Chris Clark.
The Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force said it recovered 20 pounds of fentanyl, several pounds of marijuana and $100,000 in cash from a New Carlisle home Monday night.
"it is enough to kill every man woman and child in the Miami Valley," Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.
Four men, at least one of whom is suspected of being in a Mexican drug cartel, were arrested.
"We still are dealing with quite a bit of heroin and quite a bit of fentanyl in the area however, we're seeing a significant spike in methamphetamine," Clark said.
Major Clark believes the drug of choice has changed somewhat because of overdose deaths in the area.
"I think a lot of people see that there's a lot of people who were overdosing and dying off the heroin and carfentanil," he said.
Whatever the drug, Clark County deputies work to get them off the streets.
"Anytime we make an arrest, any tme we remove someone out of the life of buying and selling narcotics, we make some sort of dent," said Clark
The sheriff's office is looking to expand its narcotics division to help catch more bad guys. It was a two man team and now there will be seven people.
"Because of what we're seeing on the street. We recognize we need to try to get ahead of what's coming down the pike," said Clark.
The Bulk Smuggling Task Force is run by the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and U.S. Homeland Security.