$216,000 In Narcotics Seized

by Mackenzie Stasko on May 16, 2013 at 6:36 am

The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office and the Zanesville Police Department’s drug unit have seized over $200,000 worth of methamphetamine and marijuana after months of investigation.

"Most of this was deliveries coming through the postal service. We did do a search at his residence and found some items there but for the most part this investigation was done through the postal service and using some good police techniques we have used for several years on trying to maintain the tracking of how drugs are being transported around Muskingum County and the state of Ohio," said Sheriff Lutz.

Sheriff Lutz confirmed the drug investigation came to its conclusion on May 7 when Benjamin T. Ortiz, 38, was arrested at the Sheetz gas station in South Zanesville. Ortiz has been charged with possession of drugs, trafficking drugs and having weapons while under a disability and could face eight years in prison if convicted. Sheriff Lutz says the drug unit is relentless and is constantly working hard to fight the drug problem.

"They know where a lot of the dope is at and where a lot of the dope dealers are at but it’s just a matter of us doing it the right way and doing it legally to get into those things. So obviously we will continue to try to pursue drug dealers and taking their property and taking the drugs off the street."

The Perry County Sheriff’s office and the South Zanesville Police Department also assisted in the investigation. Ortiz remains at the Muskingum County Jail on $1,000,000 bond.