Officials target small dealers.
HAMILTON, Ohio - Two days of vice operations by local law enforcement agents resulted in five arrests and a significant amount of drugs and guns being taken off city streets.
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On Tuesday and Wednesday, Hamilton Police vice detectives and officers served warrants at four different addresses in the city:
The searches at 1887 Kahn Ave. and 859 Central Ave. are tied to one investigation; additional warrants served at 216 S. 11th St. and 1108 Grand Blvd. were stand-alone investigations, according to a release from the Hamilton Police Department.
"If you don't start rounding up the small dealers the drugs are still going to be readily available and cheap," said Scott Gehring, CEO and president of Sojourner Recovery Services.
Gehring knows firsthand what taking even a single drug dealer off the streets means to a community. His Butler County-based nonprofit provides substance abuse treatment for women, men, adolescents and their families.
"When your talking about huge busts versus a little bust, five dealers or a million dollars, I think making a point that you're going to come out and you're going to enforce the laws even on that small level, it helps retract that amount of heroine that's readily available."
In addition to the arrests, officers uncovered seized what they described as a “significant amount of drugs, money, guns and a bulletproof vest” during the searches.
Items confiscated during the warrants service were: 34 grams of heroin, 12 grams of crack cocaine, 23 packets of marijuana that were packaged to be sold, $2,200 in cash, a .380-caliber semi-automatic pistol, a .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol and a 12-gauge shotgun.
The bulletproof vest is similar to ballistic vests worn by police officers, according to the release.
As a result of the searches, five people were taken into custody. They include:
Riggins is charged with various charges, including drug abuse, weapons under disability, trafficking in drugs prepared for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Preliminary charges against Kaise include theft, trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Thompson is charged with drug trafficking and drug possession.
McVey and Printup were arrested on drug-related charges.
Hamilton Police Chief Scott Scrimizzi praised the dedicated efforts of the vice detectives who "worked tirelessly to put together these cases to take dangerous drugs off of our streets."
“The work that police officers do when assigned to VICE duties is one of the most misunderstood duties that a police officer would do in their career. These officers must live their lives in the shadows, spend countless hours away from families, and often miss family functions due the requirements of their jobs. Due to the world they live in, they cannot, for their safety, be publicly recognized.”
All five persons will be arraigned in the Hamilton Municipal Court at dates and times set by the Court.
No further information is available on this case at this time.
Anyone with information on suspected drug activity is encouraged to call the Hamilton Police Drug Tip Line at 513-868-5811 extension 2001.