HAMILTON, Ohio -- Authorities arrested a father and son they called "major players in drug trafficking," police announced Monday.
Hamilton police detectives and officers from the Butler Undercover Regional Narcotics seized more than 2.5 kilograms of cocaine, more than 2.5 kilograms of heroin and more than 10 lbs. of marijuana, as well as about $67,000 in cash, two guns and four vehicles Saturday morning as the result of a long-term drug investigation, Hamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit said.
Bucheit identified the arrested father-son pair as Jose Alfredo Guel Sr., 51, and Jose Alfredo Guel Jr., 26.
The men lived in a home on Grand Avenue and stored drugs in a home next door, according to Bucheit. Authorities raided a total of three locations in Hamilton and said they found drugs in all three. Traffickers brought the drugs from Mexico for distribution in Butler County, Bucheit said.
Guel Sr. is currently facing two counts each of trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs. Guel Jr. is counting two counts each of possession of drugs, trafficking in drugs and having weapons while under disability. Bucheit said they were also speaking with federal authorities about more possible charges for the pair.
Two other people were arrested on drug-related charges and three others were arrested because they were in the country illegally, Bucheit said. Fancy Felicia Elaina McCarthy, 21, and Alexander Guadalupe Ramirez, 28, are each facing a charge of possession of drugs. Records for the people arrested on the immigration offenses were not immediately provided.
Bucheit and Fairfield Police Chief Mike Dickey pointed to inter-agency cooperation as playing a big role in the success of their operation.
"If you're a drug dealer in this county, you need to realize that every agency is working together to put you in jail," Dickey said.