HAMILTON, Ohio -- Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones is known for his outspoken behavior, and now he’s putting a unique spin on his anti-crime message.
The sheriff’s office recently released a “tourism video” welcoming those who come to Butler County to use and sell drugs.
The tongue-in-cheek video is being used to promote the county’s tip line.
Deputies said people can submit crime tips via the web at www.butlersheriff.org/tips or SMS text message to 274637.
The push is driven by the specter of heroin deaths in the county.
“We need help from citizens to fight crime in Butler County,” Jones said via a release. “From food stamp fraud to the apprehensive of heroin dealers, many of our investigations start with information we’ve received from neighbors who are tired of crime in their community.”
The sheriff said the country’s drug task force investigated more than 540 drug-related cases in 2013. That’s an increase of nearly 65 percent compared to 2012. He said drug arrests were up about 58 percent over that time period as well.
During the 2012-2013 period, deputies executed more than 200 search warrants, seized more than 2,100 pounds of marijuana, as well as 4 pounds of heroin and seized more than $500,000 drug dealer’s money.
The department said heroin cases have seen a dramatic increase too. In 2012 it had 59 heroin cases and that figure rose to 149 in 2013.
In 2012 it recorded 33 heroin-related deaths. Deputies said that number rose to 49 in 2013.
“Too many people are dying from heroin overdoses,” Jones said. “If you have information that can help us catch a dealer and stop the flow of this terrible poison, your tip might just save a life. And if you’re dealing in Butler County, we’re coming for you.”