WILMINGTON — Wilmington police and the Warren County Drug Task Force report they disrupted a multi-county drug ring Wednesday, seizing bags and containers of crystal methamphetamine with a street value of $40,000, several thousand dollars in cash and two handguns.
One handgun was confirmed to have been stolen from Clermont County, police said.
At 11:16 a.m. Wednesday Wilmington officers were dispatched to the Hampton Inn at 201 Holiday Drive in Wilmington for a reported domestic situation. Police said the initial call reported sounds of a male screaming at a female and a physical altercation occurring, according to WPD Chief Detective Josh Riley.
When officers arrived, they contacted Foryst Rios, 22, of Hillsboro and Karie Price, 27, of Hillsboro.
“During the investigation into the domestic dispute, consent was given to search the room for weapons, which led to the discovery of a pistol, a large amount of cash, and crystal methamphetamine,” Riley said.
“The Warren County Drug Task Force responded to assist at the scene and through their investigation Karie Price was found to have rented two rooms on separate floors. Officers and task force members contacted two males at the second room.
Riley said the men were Trenton Zumwalde, 21, of Portsmouth and Jesse Carpenter, 26, of New Vienna.
Task force investigators made contact with investigators from the Highland County Sheriff’s Office regarding the individuals detained and found they were the subject of an ongoing drug trafficking investigation, Riley said. The Clinton County Prosecutor’s Office was contacted and briefed on the scene investigation and information supplied by Highland County.
The prosecutor’s office approved the application for a search warrant for the rooms and the vehicles associated with the subjects, Riley said, and the drugs, guns and cash were found.
“The crystal methamphetamine will be sent to the crime laboratory for analysis and total weight of the drug,” said Riley. “Once confirmation and weight are received the case will be presented to a prosecutor for determination of charges and presentation to a grand jury.
“Cooperative efforts between officers with the Wilmington Police Department, members of the Warren County Drug Task Force, investigators with the Highland County Sheriff’s Office, and the staff of the Hampton Inn resulted in the disruption of a group responsible for supplying large quantities of crystal methamphetamine to Highland and Clinton counties,” Riley said. “We’re very thankful to have great working relationships with law enforcement agencies in and around the Wilmington area and the support of local businesses that are just as committed to stopping groups like this from operating in our community.
“It was truly a team effort.”
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.