Butler sheriff: Tips keep meth from hitting Butler County streets

Crystal methamphetamine and cash seized by Butler County drug agents on Sunday
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Crystal methamphetamine and cash seized by Butler County drug agents on Sunday

2 arrested in Fairfield after meth found hidden in Combos bag.

UPDATE @ 4:30 p.m.:

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones wouldn’t release who tipped off his office, but said that information is “very important” to reduce the amount of drugs, what he called “poison,” in the county.

“You’re only as good as the information you receive,” Jones said. He said his office receives tips from various sources, including other drug dealers.

“Competition is tough,” he said with a laugh.

Jones said dealers typically hide their drugs in inconspicuous areas, including diaper bags, strollers, spare tires, dash boards and inside their bodies.

“They never hide it in the obvious places,” he said. “This is pretty sophisticated stuff.”

Jones said he expects more arrests to be made as the investigation continues.

INITIAL REPORT:

A lengthy investigation ended Sunday with the arrest of two people in Fairfield on drug charges, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s office.

Butler County Undercover Narcotic Agents received information that suspects entering Butler County from Georgia were carrying a significant amount of crystal methamphetamine.

Agents stopped the vehicle on Pleasant Avenue in Fairfield and found more than $1,000 cash and more than a fourth of a pound of crystal meth, some stuffed in Combos bags.

Lori Strasser, 45, and Brenda Dungan, 52, were arrested and charged with trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs, both second-degree felonies.

The drugs have a street value of around $30,000, according to the sheriff’s office.

“We are seeing a lot more of this type of distribution coming into the county. Luckily, we obtained great information to stop it before it was sold to anyone,” said Sgt. Jason Owens.

More charges are possible when the case is presented to a grand jury.

Staff writer Rick McCrabb contributed to this report.