After more than a year of investigation, Operation Clean Sweep in Clermont County has brought to 28 the number of individuals indicted on charges involving the manufacture or distribution of methamphetamines.
Recently, Sheriff Tim Rodenberg announced the indictments of three individuals who were the latest to feel the sting of the operation’s efforts to clean up the drug trade in Clermont County.
Starrlett Case, Narenda Patel and Brian Brittain were each the recipients of multiple indictments from the Clermont County Grand Jurym, according to the Clermont County Sheriff’s Department, as a result of 15 months of investigations. According to information released by the Sheriff’s Office, all three had some tie to illegal drug activity in the area.
Listed indictments against Case, of New Richmond, include two counts of complicity to illegal assembly of chemicals, which is a felony of the third degree. Patel, of Cincinnati, has three indictments on the same count. The report states that Case was an employee of the Lindale Store and Patel was the owner of the Ameristop in New Richmond. Both allegedly supplied pseudoephedrine products to individuals for the use of manufacturing methamphetamines.
Also, there were one counts each of aggravated trafficking in drugs, theft, grant theft of motor vehicle, receiving stolen property, corrupt activities and obstruction of justice.
According to the Sheriff's Office, the initial investigation into Brittain broadened when Brittain was identified as being a player in an interstate theft ring involving everything from construction materials to watercraft. The ring operated in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.
Operation Clean Sweep is still underway, with additional indictments expected.