Wednesday, September 3, 2003

Trenton cops get big trove in bust

Drugs, guns, pot found, man held

By David Eck
Enquirer contributor

TRENTON - A domestic violence complaint led to the arrest of a Trenton man and the largest seizure of cash, drugs and weapons ever in this small Butler County city.

Raymond Gausman, 49, is charged with felony domestic violence and felony trafficking in marijuana. He was being held in the Middletown City Jail on $150,000 bond, police said Tuesday.

The case began unfolding Saturday morning when Gausman's girlfriend, who wasn't named, showed up at the Trenton police station to complain that Gausman had pulled a gun on her during an argument, police said. Investigation of her complaint led to the discovery of guns, drugs and cash worth an estimated $500,000, police said. Items seized included several knives and guns, marijuana, more than 1,300 methadone pills, and nearly $400,000 in cash from Gausman's Douglas Avenue home.

"A seizure of this size is very significant for any police department," Trenton Police Chief Rodney Hale said.

He said the investigation is continuing.

Gausman served separate terms in prison in the 1980s and early 1990s for drug trafficking and having a weapon under disability, Ohio prison records show.

The bust stunned Gausman's neighbors and police officers alike.

"Most of the neighbors really had no idea of what was going on," Hale said. "This guy led a very quiet life."

Gausman lived in a mid-sized, tidy brick ranch near a cul-de-sac. Neighbors said he was friendly and would wave.

"He seemed like a friendly guy," said Bill Back, who lives several doors down from Gausman. "It's a surprise to us. We had no reason to be suspicious of anything."


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