Seven arrested in Butler County meth ring bust

HAMILTON, Ohio -- Seven people were arrested this week after a several-month-long meth ring investigation in Butler County.

Robert Murray, 39, David Ables, 49, Ashley Vanwinkle, 29, Micah Vanwinkle, 38, Vernis Newton Jr., 29, Cody Webb, 28 and Michael Wisecup, 55, were all taken into custody after authorities seized an undisclosed amount of meth during their investigation.

Butler County Undercover Regional Narcotics (BURN) officers discovered a meth lab after executing search and arrest warrants as well as several traffic stops. Officers said some arrests were made after a pursuit, and a K-9 tracked one of the suspects after he attempted to flee.

The meth lab was disassembled and the meth was seized. BURN officers also found five long guns and three handguns.

“Illegal drug activity will not be tolerated in Butler County,” Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones said. “If you want to play that game and bring, make or sell your poison here, you’re likely to get caught. I would think that people would start to get that message.”

Murray and Ables were both arrested on Feb. 7 after a traffic stop and search warrant. They are each charged with possession of drugs.

Newton, as well as Ashley and Micah Vanwinkle, were arrested after a traffic stop and pursuit. Newton is charged with possession of drugs, assault on police dog, resisting arrest, breaking and entering and several other charges. Ashley Vanwinkle is charged with drug paraphernalia and obstructing official business. Micah Vanwinkle is charged with failure to comply, obstructing and attempted felonious assault.

Webb was picked up on a warrant and arrested on Feb. 11. He is charged with illegal possession of chemicals for manufacture of drugs and possession of drugs.

Wisecup was arrested on Feb. 12 at his home. He is charged with illegal possession of chemicals for manufacture of drugs.

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