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72 charged in year-long drug investigation in Wilmington

WILMINGTON, Ohio (WKRC) -- A year-long drug investigation in Wilmington leads to criminal charges filed against 72.

The Wilmington Police Department says it seized a number of firearms, cash and lots of drugs during a round-up. They recovered two pounds of cocaine, nearly eleven pounds of marijuana, along with heroin and meth.

The arrests stretched from Wilmington to Dayton, Ohio. Police say that during some of the buys, dealers bragged about the quality of the heroin and admitted it killed people. They investigation began because of a 632% increase in overdose related calls over the past 18 months.

Investigators also found welfare fraud during the investigation. Food stamps were sold for 50 cents on the dollar to get drugs. Ohio Jobs and Family Services say that by indicting those arrested will save more than $100,000 in Clinton County.

The police department will hold a press conference in the morning.

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