DeWine: Task force seizes enough fentanyl ‘to kill every man, woman, child in Miami Valley’

Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 @ 10:44 AM
Updated: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 @ 6:00 PM

AG Dewine, Sheriff Plummer announce drug bust-related arrests

LATEST: At least one arrested had ties to Mexican cartel

An estimated 9 kilos (just under 20 pounds) of fentanyl worth more than $3.6 million on the street, more than 100 pounds of marijuana and $150,000 in cash were seized in Clark County on Monday night in what Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer called a “good bust.” 

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Four males have been arrested in the ongoing investigation Plummer and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said is targeted at the drug cartel in Mexico.

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The drugs and cash, packed in plastic bags and marked as evidence, were laid out on tables for media to see at a news conference called by Plummer and DeWine.

“What you’re looking at here is enough fentanyl to kill every man, woman and child in the Miami Valley,” DeWine said. “In fact, even beyond the Miami Valley. I think this is enough to kill 3 [million] or 4 million in the state of Ohio.”

(From upper left) David Guillermo Cantu-Garcia and Omar Alejandro Cantu-Garcia; (from lower left) Pedro Medina and Aguilar Reyes-Espinosa. (Courtesy/Montgomery County Sheriff's Office)

He lauded the Miami Valley Bulk Smuggling Task Force and is holding it up as a model that should be followed statewide.

“They are going right at the members of the cartel,” DeWine said of the task force.

Plummer said the task force -- made up of officers from Miami Twp., the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Butler Twp. Homeland Security, the Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office -- has taken more than $7 million from the cartel.

“This isn’t a good place to do business,” Plummer said in passing along the message he wants to send the cartel.

Plummer explained that the smugglers used very elaborate methods to bring the drugs across the border. He said the task force found the majority of Monday night’s seizure in the dashboard of a car. Some of the drugs were found in a house as well.

Of those who have been arrested, one is from New Carlisle and the others are from Mexico. Plummer also said one of the men arrested is an illegal and has ties to Mexico.

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According to Montgomery County Jail online records, the place of arrest listed for three of the men is the Extended Stay America Dayton North, 6688 Miller Lane, Butler Twp. The place of arrest for one of the men is the Jefferson Twp. Police Department, 555 Infirmary Road. 

None has been formally charged:

Omar Alejandro Cantu-Garcia (Nuevo Leon, Mexico), 28 -- detained on drug trafficking charges

David Guillermo Cantu-Garcia (Nuevo Leon, Mexico), 30 -- detained on drug trafficking charges

Pedro Medina (Nuevo Leon, Mexico), 40 -- jailed on federal detainer for drug possession. Arrested at 555 Infirmary Road

Aguilar Reyes-Espinosa (New Carlisle), 43 -- detained on drug trafficking charges

Information from DeWine’s office, released immediately after the news conference, said the men were arrested after a series of traffic stops and the search of a residence on Prentice Drive in New Carlisle.

DeWine said he has spoken with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions about additional resources to fight drugs coming across the border from Mexico.

“I guarantee you, a lot of lives have been saved” because of this drug seizure, DeWine said.

He said the mixing of fentanyl with other drugs is what is continuing to drive the deaths. 

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Police are asking for your help finding missing endangered teen in Springboro

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 3:56 PM

Police are seeking the public’s  help to find a missing endangered teen. 

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Frista Gibbons, 15, was last seen around 2:30 p.m. Friday leaving her home on foot, according to the Springboro Police Department.

Gibbons is stands 5 feet 7 inches, weighs 100 pounds, has short brown hair and hazel eyes.

She was last seen wearing a light blue zip-up hoodie with a knee length leopard-print skirt. She was carrying a black backpack, according to a release.

Police said Gibbons may be with her juvenile boyfriend from Camden, Ohio. 

Anyone with information is urged to call the Springboro Police Department at 937-748-0611.

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Today’s highlights of the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 9:00 AM
Updated: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 3:40 PM

The gates have opened for the 2018 Dayton Air Show.


HIGHLIGHTS: F-22 Raptor takes over Dayton skiesCincinnati’s Redline Aerobatic TeamJet-powered WACO biplane |  Tuskegee Airmen P-51C MustangOracle biplane doesn’t believe in the laws of physics |

Satureday’s lineup of feature flying acts included: the Tuskegee Airmen, P-51 Mustang, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Vicky Benzing, B-17 Movie Memphis Belle, Redline, Sean Tucker, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight, CareFlight dedication, Tora Tora Tora, Jet Waco and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

3:35 p.m. U.S. Navy Blue Angels

The iconic U.S. Navy Blue Angels fly six F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets in a tightly choreographed, high-energy demonstration. The F-18 generators of their aircraft are made by GE Aviation in Vandalia.


2:55 p.m. Jet Waco

The Jack Link’s Beef Jerky “Screamin’ Sasquatch” Jet Waco is a highly modified 1929 Taperwing Waco that can fly vertically and has a loud roar to please the crowds.

2:40 p.m. Tora, Tora, Tora

This is the dramatic recreation of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor.


2:30 p.m. CareFlight Dedication

CareFlight, the air-medical transport service, is celebrating 35 years of service by participating in the air show.

2:15 p.m. Heritage Flight

2 p.m. U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor

This is a rare appearance in Dayton of the world’s most formidable stealth fighter, which can reach supersonic airspeeds of Mach 1.5 without using the afterburner.

1:47 p.m. Sean Tucker

Sean Tucker, one of the world’s best aviators and recognized as one of the Living Legends of Flight, learned to fly to conquer a fear of flying. He serves as chairman of the Young Eagles Program and works with at-risk children through the Every Kid Can Fly program. He also offers the Sean D. Tucker Young Eagles Essay contest for a chance to win a flight with him ahead of the air show.

1:30 p.m. Redline Airshows

The Cincinnati-based aerobatic team returns to the Dayton skies with their formation flying.

1:20 p.m. B-17 Movie Memphis Belle

The movie Memphis Belle commemorates the real B-17 Memphis Belle Flying Fortress World War II heavy bomber.

1 p.m.: Vicky Benzing

The accomplished pilot, skydiver, aerobatic performer and air racer brings her high-energy and action-packed routine to Dayton for the first time.


12:30 p.m.: U.S. Army Golden Knights

The Golden Knights paratroopers, formed in 1959, last appeared in Dayton in 2015. They thrill spectators with intricate canopy work along with their etreme-precision skydiving formations and landings.

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12:24 p.m.: P-51C Red Tail Mustang “Tuskegee Airmen” - Watch Here

The aircraft inspires spectators in the air as well as on the ground.

Noon: Redline Tease

The Cincinnati-based aerobatic team gives a hint of its performance to come.


9 a.m.:

Gates are open for today’s 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show.

The first acts take to the skies at noon and fly through 4:15 p.m.

Blue Angels show off jet at Air Show

Today’s lineup of feature flying acts include: the Tuskegee Airmen, P-51 Mustang, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Vicky Benzing, B-17 Movie Memphis Belle, Redline, Sean Tucker, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight, CareFlight dedication, Tora Tora Tora, Jet Waco and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

Gates close at 6 p.m., and will be open again from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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Here’s how to avoid a major two-day road closure in Huber Heights

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 3:09 PM


A major thoroughfare in Huber Heights will be closed for two days.

Bellfontaine Road will be closed Monday and Tuesday between Chambersburg Road and Taylorsville Road for instillation of a new water main across the roadway, according to the city.

There will be no local through access, but there will be local access to homes and businesses in the area, primarily from the Taylorsville Road side, said Clerk of Council Anthony Rodgers.

Traffic will be detoured to Brandt Pike.

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RTA offers express shuttle service to Dayton Air Show

Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 1:50 AM

The Greater Dayton RTA will provide transport to the Vectren Dayton Air Show this weekend. 

Air conditioned buses will run an express shuttle service on a continuous loop from the U.S. Air Force Museum parking lot and Wright Stop Plaza directly to the air show's main gate. 

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The park-and-ride service will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Shuttles leave approximately every 10 minutes. 

Round-trip cost is $3 and free for children 5 and younger. Cash is the only payment method accepted. 

The regular fare structure applies from the downtown Wright Stop Plaza location. 

For more information, call 937-425-8300 or visit

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