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20 arrested on drug trafficking charges after 'Operation River Sweep,' NKY's six-month investigation

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Posted at 5:14 PM, Jun 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-20 17:14:16-04

DAYTON, Ky. — A wide-ranging, monthslong drug trafficking investigation nicknamed “Operation River Sweep” produced 20 arrests and recovered a variety of illicit substances — including crystal meth, fentanyl and heroin — in the first half of 2019, the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force announced Thursday.

According to the NKDSF, investigators from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration spent six months helping eight local agencies search for the source of the drug trade in Northern Kentucky. In the process, they recovered 358 grams of crystal meth, 289 fentanyl pills, 64 grams of powder fentanyl, 4.6 grams of heroin, 11.3 grams of cocaine,2248 grams of marijuana, three loaded firearms and $11,375.

They also arrested the following people (pictured above, in order) on trafficking charges:

  • Elijah Cravens of Newport
  • Morgan Taylor of Newport
  • Josh Alford of Dayton
  • Eric Campbell of Dayton
  • Shannon Cutshaw of Dayton
  • Glen Farmer of Dayton
  • Chad Gemmer of Dayton
  • Joseph Hansel of Dayton
  • Jesse Hayes of Dayton
  • Kinberly Hayes of Dayton
  • Angela Kreig of Dayton
  • Chris Lykins of Dayton
  • Dave McDaniel of Dayton
  • Crystal Warrix of Dayton
  • Theresa Engel of Erlanger
  • Kris Yeager of Erlanger
  • Charles Widener of Covington
  • Eric Ashley of Dayton, Ohio
  • Isaac Benson of Cleveland, Ohio
  • Floyd Nelson of Cincinnati

More arrests are possible in the future, according to the NKDSF.