"Arrest is saving lives": Huge drug seizure already making difference
WESTWOOD, Ohio (WKRC) - An accused drug distributor hid his business in homes on the West Side.
The visible effects of the drugs distribution include death.
Cincinnati Police on the West Side say heroin overdoses are about half what they used to be each week since the biggest fentanyl and carfentanil seizure in department history.
The arrest of an accused heroin distributor is expected to make a huge difference, especially in Westwood, the center of the investigation.
The West Side leads the city in suspected overdose deaths at 25 so far this year.
Police here say it’s not farfetched to connect that to Craig Williams. He's accused of running a drug distribution business out of two homes. He was arrested during a drug trafficking investigation in Westwood.
In the homes, police found cutting agents, drug presses, blenders, scales, gloves and masks along with $29,000 and five pounds of killer drugs.
Five pounds, the amount seized after Craig Williams' arrest. Fentanyl, carfentnyl, heroin and a banned synthetic drug created as an alternative to morphine. When you look at the seized drugs, it's hard to imagine the doses not hitting Cincinnati streets. Overdoses that aren't going to happen
Hamilton county's heroin task force uses this as an example of doses of heroin, the powerful and deadly painkiller fentanyl often mixed with heroin and the elephant tranquilizer carfentanyl. The size of a snowflake can kill.
"I can't imagine the radius five pounds of that drug could have but the way it preys on the most vulnerable having him off the streets only lead to positive results,” said Amy Whalen, of Westwood United To Stop The Violence.
Officer Anthony Johnson is on the city's only quick response team on the Westside. It visits people who survive overdoses to get them help, including rehab. He says Williams’ arrest will save lives
"Saving lives even as we speak, he's not putting it out there for distribution even as we speak someone is not taking a hit because he's not out there,” said Officer Johnson.
Williams faces drug and gun charges. It's a case the Department of Justice may take over.
If convicted federally, Williams could spend decades behind bars.
It is also worth noting that police say this drug case is not finished yet.