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Traffic stop leads to large fentanyl bust in Montgomery County

(Photo courtesy of Montgomery Co. Sheriff's Office)

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - A traffic stop along I-70 in Montgomery County ended with troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol finding four kilos of suspected fentanyl.

Troopers stopped the driver in a Chevy Tahoe with Texas plates on August 25 around 8:15 a.m. The driver was stopped for speed and lane violations, according to OSHP. While troopers spoke with the driver, they noticed 'criminal indicators' and called for a K-9 to search the vehicle.

After searching, troopers found the drugs inside a backpack and two purses inside the vehicle. The driver is Jonathan Dwayne Boatner, of Jasper, Texas. OSHP was assisted in the investigation by the Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force who will now seek federal drug charges against Boatner. He is now in custody at the Montgomery County Jail. "Fentanyl is a huge public safety concern," said Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer, "We have had over 400 deaths from drug overdoses in Montgomery County since the beginning of the year. Please share the dangers of illicit fentanyl and heroin with friends and family to help us fight this epidemic."

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