Bust nets narcotics, cash and other evidence of drug trafficking
Butler County narcotics officers seized crack and powder cocaine, heroin, thousands of dollars, half a dozen cell phones and other evidence of suspected drug trafficking Wednesday during a daylight drug raid at a city apartment.
Arrested in the operation on West Cunningham Street was one of its targets, Marcus A. Campbell, 36, of Warren, Ohio, and the apartment's tenants, Joseph E. Orkwis, 37, and Jenna A. Orkwis 39. All three are currently being held in the Butler County Prison on $100,000 each.
Investigators report the arrests resulted from an investigation by the Butler County Drug Task Force during which a pair of controlled crack buys were conducted.
Those buys led to a search warrant signed Wednesday by District Judge Lewis Stoughton. Task force officers assisted by the count's emergency services unit executed the warrant shortly before noon at the home on the 500 block of West Cunningham Street.
Both tenants were home at the time of the raid, along with individuals not identified by authorities, officers said.
Campbell was nabbed a short time later walking on Fifth Avenue on his way home from a fast food restaurant in the city. Investigators said he was carrying $455 in currency.
The apartment search turned up the following suspected drugs: 10.51 grams of crack, 4.37 grams of powder cocaine, 3.03 grams of heroin and another three stamp bags of heroin, according to charging documents.
Also found was $2,208 in currency, including $100 in pre-recorded official funds used by investigators in one of the alleged controlled drug buys. Additional items seized were two digital scales, suspected drug packaging materials and six cell phones.
Stoughton arraigned all three defendants on three counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and one count of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, all felonies. Each suspect is also is charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
At his arraignment, Campbell admitted that he is on parole stemming from prior arrests for drug- and gun-related crimes.
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