Students face drug trafficking charges
Five young men, including three Miami University students, were arrested in Oxford Thursday on counts of drug trafficking, according to Sgt. Mike Hackney of the Butler County Sheriff's Office.
Over five pounds of marijuana were seized, along with large quantities of molly, hash butter, THC suckers, mushrooms, over $10,000 in cash and a 2008 Mercury Mariner, according to Hackney.
Of all five taken to Butler County Jail, four have posted bail, according to Hackney. An 18-year-old Fairfield native, Noah Moore, has posted bond. Moore was charged with one count posession and one count permitting drug abuse, according to the Butler County Sheriff's Office.
According to the Butler County Sherrif's office, sophomores Kwasi Yeboah, 19, Evan Gregory, 20, and John Lincoln, 20, have also paid bail. Gregory and Lincoln were charged with one count trafficking each. Yeboah was charged with two counts trafficking and one count posession.
The remaining man, Markel Morrison, 28, is an Ohio University student and was charged with one count trafficking and one count posession.
An investigation by the Butler Undercover Regional Narcotics (BURN) task-force lasting over a month led the arrests. When asked whether a tip sparked the investigation, Hackney declined to comment. There may be additional charges and arrests, according to Hackney, who said the group faces a preliminary trial this Thursday.
Hackney said there were two Oxford residences from which drugs were trafficked and where seizures occurred: 100 W. Sycamore St. and 521 Lincoln St. Gregory and Lincoln lived at the former address, Yeboah at the latter.
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