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Local man arrested for repeat prescription drug offense

A Butler County man busted by sheriffs’ deputies for selling prescription drugs at his home in January was arrested again on Thursday for the same offence, said Sheriff Kenny Harden.

Harden said Virgil “Buddy” Mitchell, 64, of Tulip Rd. is in custody and charged with unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance with intentions to sell.

District Judge MacDonald Russell set Mitchell’s bond at $100,000 during the suspect’s initial appearance in court on Friday.

“We conducted an undercover operation and purchased a number of pills from the suspect at his residence,” said Harden.

Deputies seized multiple tablets of the prescription drugs Xanax and Lortab.

On January 8, deputies arrested Mitchell at his former residence on Pettibone Rd., also during an undercover operation.

Harden said Mitchell had yet to be tried on charges stemming from his initial arrest, which also included a charge of possession of untaxed liquor. Mitchell’s bond then was $33,000, which he made the day after his arrest.

Harden said the medication actually belongs to Mitchell’s wife.