Two raids net pair of drug operation busts

December 6th, 2007    Author: Rodney Beckwith    Filed Under: News

Two separate drug investigations are coming to a close after some legwork by the Clermont County Drug Unit. Search warrants utilized in each of the cases netted drugs and drug paraphernalia from different locations.

According to the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office, the first case centered on the theft of prescription medication from a Target store. Help from the Target security force was instrumental in breaking the case.

On Nov. 21, a warrant was executed at 100 University Lane, apartment 314 in Batavia. The search turned up over 500 units of medication, including Xanax, Lortab, Vicodin and Oxycontin. Evidence at the scene suggests that the individuals at this location were trafficking in the narcotics around the county, but no arrests have been made at this time. Charges are expected to be filed pending the conclusion of the investigation.

On Nov. 21, a second warrant was executed at 603 Fern Drive in Union Township. Evidence suggesting that someone in the house was using drugs and distributing them led to the search, which uncovered marijuana and what might be anabolic steroids, as well as hypodermic needles, three firearms, and other instruments involved in abusing drugs. The estimated value of these items is approximately $12,000.

Richard Deller was arrested in this case, although he was not at the scene at the time of the search. He is charged with possession of criminal tools, a fifth degree felony, possession of drug abuse instruments, a first degree misdemeanor, weapons under disability a third degree felony, possession of marijuana a fifth degree felony, and aggravated trafficking, (marijuana) a fourth degree felony.
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