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Ohio authorities arrest father and son pair for running major drug trafficking ring

February 1, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Ohio authorities arrest father and son pair for running major drug trafficking ring

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Ohio authorities arrested a father and son on Saturday who are deemed by police as “deemed major players” in a drug trafficking ring.

Hamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit, revealed on Monday that 51-year-old Jose Alfredo Guel Sr. and 26-year-old Jose Alfredo Guel Jr. were arrested on two counts of drug trafficking and two counts of drug possession.

Jose Guel Jr. was taken into custody on two additional counts of weapons possession of weapons while under disability, Local12 News reported.

“The investigation culminated in an early morning raid in the city of Hamilton at three locations.,” he stated. “A majority of the seizures were at one location where the father and son lived. There were two houses next to each other, one where they lived and the other one where they were keeping the drugs.”

Both suspects remain in custody on state drug charges, but Bucheit said investigators are working with the assistant U.S. attorney in Cincinnati to pursue federal charges.

After the search warrants were executed, law enforcement seized a significant amount of heroin, cocaine, and marijuana, a large amount of cash, vehicles, and firearms.

“Over two-and-a-half kilos of cocaine, two-and-a-half kilos of heroin, over 10 pounds of marijuana and approximately $67,000 in cash, two guns, and four vehicles were seized,” Bucheit added.

“The drugs came from Mexico to be distributed in Butler County,” Bucheit said, noting that there were two other arrests for drug-related crimes and three arrests on immigration charges.

The long-term probe into the drug trafficking ring involved local, state and federal departments including Ohio’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ATF, and the Butler County Regional Narcotics Task Force, which is comprised of multiple local law enforcement agencies.

Bucheit said these types of multi-agency efforts would continue and the collaboration to pursue drug dealers “has been the best I’ve seen in my career.”

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