Two men are facing drug trafficking charges after a kilo of crystal methamphetamine was found at a Hanover Twp. residence early this morning, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.
Undercover agents with the sheriff’s regional narcotics unit and regional SWAT team executed a search warrant at 2391 Millville-Oxford Road following a several-months long investigation.
Inside, deputies found more than $58,000 cash and a kilo of crystal meth, also known as ICE, with a street value of approximately $30,000.
Arrested were Billy Joe Ray, 44, of the Millville-Oxford address, who was charged with trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs, both first-degree felonies, and Eric Gonzalez-Rivas, 32, of Princeton Hollow in West Chester Twp., who was charged with felony trafficking in drugs. Both men are housed in the Butler County Jail.
Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said Gonzalez-Rivas, who is Mexican-born, is in the country illegally and has been deported once. He is connected to one of the men arrested Sunday in a large marijuana bust, according to Jones.
“We are kicking some drug butt this week,” Jones said. He added this is the largest ICE bust in the department’s history.
On Sunday morning, deputies arrested and charged two men after catching them with 155 pounds of marijuana valued at more than $155,000 in their vehicle during a traffic stop in Ross Twp.