Deputies seize drugs transported through U.S. Postal Service –
By Patricia Beech –
Following a weeks-long investigation, deputies from the Adams County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, March 14, seized nearly a pound of methamphetamine at the CVG Airport in Cincinnati. The illegal drug was being shipped through the U.S. Postal Service.
According to Sheriff Kimmy Rogers, deputies confiscated 15 ounces, or 427 grams, of methamphetamine – an amount worth several thousand dollars on the street.
Rogers said it is not the first shipment of drugs that has come into the county through the postal service.
He said investigators suspect the package’s intended recipient was Dina L. Lewis, age 54, of West Union.
Lewis is alleged to have run a now-busted drug operation by shipping drugs from Bakersfield, California to Adams County through the U. S. Postal Service.
“We called the postal authorities in California and got the tracking number,” he said, adding that there was a paper trail indicating that the postal service had been used multiple time to transport drugs into the county.
Lewis was arrested March 9 and charged with possessing methamphetamine, a Schedule 2 drug, in bulk amount.
According to court records, she is being held on $100,000 bond while awaiting a March 19, preliminary hearing.
Rogers said there has been a recent upswing in the production and export of methamphetamine, or crystal meth because Mexican drug cartels have developed methods to produce the completely synthetic drug on an industrial scale making it considerably cheaper than either cocaine or heroin.
“We really worry about meth being on the street because people who use it tend to be violent,” said Rogers, “They’re not only a danger to themselves, they’re a danger to the whole community.”
Both Mexican authorities and U.S. Drug enforcement agencies are struggling to control the trafficking of the drug across the border.
Rogers says it’s a trade being driven by money.
“Meth is so much cheaper than other drugs, even the bathtub meth people used to make,” he said, “As long as there is a demand for it, the cartels will keep the supply coming.”