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Routine traffic stop in Middletown turns to 'major' drug bust

Routine traffic stop in Middletown turns to 'major' drug bust
Posted at 5:40 AM, Mar 28, 2017

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- A routine traffic stop in Middletown last week led to a “major” drug bust, Middletown police told WCPO news partner The JournalNews.

Jeff Burton, of Middletown, was pulled over Thursday night at the corner of Verity Parkway and Breiel Boulevard for a traffic violation, said Lt. Jimmy Cunningham. The arresting officer noticed drug paraphernalia in the car and one of the city’s canine officers was brought to the vehicle to do a drug search.

The dog recovered about 20 ounces of crack cocaine and digital scales were found inside the vehicle, Cunningham said.

Police also recovered more than $6,800 in cash from the vehicle, Cunningham said.

Burton was charged with felony drug abuse/cocaine, drug paraphernalia, and tinted windows. A pre-trial hearing on all three charges are scheduled for next month in Middletown Municipal Court.

Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said on the department’s Facebook page, “Another drug dealer off the street thanks to the great work by Patrol and K9. We appreciate their “donation” to help fund the fight against their fellow dealers. #StayoutofMiddletown.”