Rene Nevarez-Reyes, 22DAYTON — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer, Butler Township Police Chief John Cresie, and Miami Township Police Chief Ronald Hess announced Wednesday the arrest of a Chicago resident following the seizure of nearly a quarter of a million dollars worth of crystal methamphetamine.

Investigators with the Miami Valley Bulk Cash Smuggling Task Force arrested Rene Nevarez-Reyes, 22, following a traffic stop in Montgomery County on Sunday. Approximately five kilograms of crystal methamphetamine was located in his vehicle.

“Task force members were able to make this arrest after gathering intelligence that this large amount of crystal meth was on its way to Dayton from Chicago,” said Attorney General DeWine. “Those thinking about bringing drugs into the Miami Valley should know that members of this task force have been very successful at intercepting narcotics before they make it to the streets.”

“This is the second time in two weeks that members of this task force have taken a large amount of crystal meth off the streets of Montgomery County,” said Sheriff Phil Plummer. “I believe our message is clear, and our unified efforts with federal, state and local law enforcement are working.”

Nevarez-Reyes is currently being held in the Montgomery County Jail.

The Miami Valley Bulk Cash Smuggling Task Force, which is part of the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission, was formed in 2013 to investigate upper level drug organizations operating in and around Montgomery County.

The task force is made up of several law enforcement agencies including the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Miami Township Police Department, Butler Township Police Department, Montgomery County RANGE Task Force, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.

Established in 1986, the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission (OOCIC) assists local law enforcement agencies in combating organized crime and corrupt activities. The Commission is composed of members of the law enforcement community and is chaired by the Ohio Attorney General. In 2013, authorities working in OOCIC task forces across the state seized more than $14 million worth of drugs and more than $5 million in U.S. currency.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office consists of nearly 30 distinct sections that advocate for consumers and victims of crime, assist the criminal justice community, provide legal counsel for state offices and agencies, and enforce certain state laws. The Ohio Attorney General’s Office can be reached at 800-282-0515 or