Sunday, January 16, 2000

Butler drug sweep nets 16 arrests


30 felony warrants were starting point

BY PHILLIP PINA
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — Butler County Sheriff deputies arrested 16 people as part of a Saturday drug sweep.

        The majority of the arrests stem from undercover narcotics investigations conducted over the past year, Butler County Sheriff Harold Gabbard said Saturday. The sweep included narcotic agents with the county's fugitive warrants division and the city of Hamilton Police Department.

        Armed with more than 30 active felony warrants, investigators began their sweep about 7 a.m. By 1 p.m., 16 people had been arrested on mostly drug-related charges. Jail officials used a county garage, setting it up with cots, to house the suspects as they awaited their court dates.

        During the sweep, investigators confiscated a half-pound of marijuana and $1,700 cash, deputies said, at the home of Christopher Begley, 33, in Hamilton. He was charged with three counts of trafficking in drugs.

        Also arrested were:

        Brandon Grady, 20, Hamilton, two counts of trafficking in drugs; James Radenheimer, 18, Hamilton, two counts of trafficking in drugs; Marty Dees, 34, Collinsville, three counts of trafficking in drugs; Pamela Bowling, 37, Collinsville, five counts of trafficking in drugs; Robert S. Tye, 25, Hamilton, one count of falsification; Brenda Thompson, 42, Indian Springs, unlawful selling of drugs; Douglas Brown, 19, Hamilton, one count each of trafficking in drugs and permitting drug abuse; Jennifer Blake, 29, Reily Township, one count of trafficking in drugs; Clyde Barnes, 30, Reily Township, complicity to trafficking in drugs; Luke Glover, 19, Hamilton, one count each of trafficking in drugs and no operator's license; Georgia Kerby, 59, Liberty Township, one count of trafficking in drugs; Toma Duckworth, 23, Hamilton, one count of trafficking in drugs; Robert Singleton, 23, Hamilton, one count of trafficking in drugs; James Earl Brown, 21, Hamilton, one count of trafficking in drugs; and William Fowler, 23, Hamilton, two counts of trafficking in drugs.

       



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