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Drug task force raids Butler apartment

August 18, 2017 Digital Media Exclusive

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Bags of crack cocaine and raw heroin seized in the Thursday drug bust at a West Quarry Street apartment in Butler

Butler County Drug Task Force officers seized suspected heroin, crack cocaine and marijuana from a Butler apartment during a Thursday night raid, authorities said.

Claude T. Taylor, 22, was home and arrested, ending up in the Butler County Prison on $15,0,000 bail. He is facing multiple felony counts of drug possession.

County detective Tim Fennell, who heads the task force, described Taylor as a “mid-level dealer.”

Officers converged on Taylor's apartment on West Quarry Street with a search warrant at about 8:30 p.m.

During the search, according to court documents, officers turned up 14.25 grams of heroin, 6.3 grams of crack and 175.8 grams of marijuana.

Fennell said the one-half ounce of raw heroin was contained in one bag, and the crack was also in a single bag. The 6.2 ounces of marijuana was in eight baggies.

Additionally, officers recovered $1,304 in currency, several digital scales and marijuana grinders, and three cell phones.

Along with Taylor, his live-in girlfriend, a toddler and Michael Lee Hutchinson, a suspected associate of the defendant's, were at the apartment.

Officers arrested Hutchinson on a probation violation.

A full report will appear in the Butler Eagle.

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