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Ten arrested in drug roundup

The streets of Butler County were made a bit cleaner early Thursday morning after a drug roundup placed 10 people behind bars.

The roundup, which was the result of a six-month investigation, saw collaboration between various offices throughout Butler County. Several small teams used the element of surprise to approach suspected residences under the guise of night.

Though the operation didn’t yield arrests for all suspected individuals, Greenville Police Chief Lonzo Ingram said that the 10 arrests go a long way toward cutting down on the city’s drug problem.

“The Second Judicial Drug Task Force, along with the Greenville Police Department, the Butler County Sheriff’s Office and the McKenzie Police Department, executed search warrants and arrest warrants for the arrest of 10 individuals, charging them with distribution of controlled substances,” Ingram said.

“We think it was a good day, and we’re glad to make these arrests.”

Ingram added that substances ranging from marijuana to heroin have been confiscated in the past several days, but the biggest problem facing Butler County is prescription pills.

“Prescription pills are an epidemic in this country already, and we have them in our community, as well,” Ingram added.

“Several of the people were arrested for selling prescription drugs, which is very important to try to put a stop to that.”

Butler County Sheriff Kenny Harden said that the impact of Thursday morning’s findings is vital in the ongoing war on drugs.

“For the city and the county, it cuts down on crime.  The more drugs we get off the street and the more people we put in jail for drugs, it cuts down on crime altogether,” Harden said.

“What the Second Judicial Drug Task Force does, along with the police department and the sheriff’s department, is that we all work together to let people know that if you’re going to sell drugs, you’re going to jail.”

The following individuals were arrested as part of the roundup:

 

  • Amanda Fisher, unlawful distribution of a controlled substance
  • Chris Thompson, unlawful distribution of a controlled substance
  • Jamal Watson, three counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance
  • Julius Lymon, four counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance
  • Bobby Goldsmith, unlawful distribution of a controlled substance
  • Montrez Cannon, unlawful distribution of a controlled substance
  • Ronald Spainhour, unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and possession of controlled substances
  • Britney Harris, unlawful distribution of a controlled substance
  • Jaeger Young, unlawful distribution of a controlled substance
  • Kelley Smith Dixon, unlawful distribution of a controlled substance