Butler County pot bust nets 150 pounds of marijuana and two arrests
Brian Mains, WCPO Digital
3:27 PM, Jul 22, 2013
5:35 PM, Jul 22, 2013
HAMILTON, OHIO - The Butler County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of two men and seizure of 150 pounds of marijuana on Sunday.
Vidal Gallegos and Mario Vasquez-Ruiz were each arrested for possession of drugs and trafficking of drugs after they were stopped by the Butler County BURN unit on Interstate 75, according to Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones.
Small amounts of cocaine and money were also found during the arrests.
From 2012 through July of 2013 Jones said his department has seized over a ton of pot with an estimated street value of $2 million. He also emphasized most of that product was being smuggled through borders from Mexico.
"The drugs coming in from Mexico hasn't stop," Jones emphasized during a Monday afternoon press conference.
Jones also used the bust as an opportunity to criticize current attempts by the United States Senate to create comprehensive immigration reform, saying it ignores the current dangers presented by illegal entry of people and items into the U.S.
He also expressed his lack of support, as a law enforcement official, for the legalization of pot in Ohio.
"People say if you legalize it wouldn't that take the criminal element out of it?" Jone said. "No, look at legal medication abuse."
Jones said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were looking into aliases and the status of the two men arrested on Sunday. He also said the investigation surrounding the bust was ongoing.
9 On Your Side's Anthony Mirones contributed to this report.