Law enforcement intercepting "disguised drugs" in central Ohio


Federal agents say drug traffickers often go to great lengths to conceal drugs shipped across U.S. borders.

Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O'Brien said Omar Osualdo Gutierrez is serving 10 years in prison for the biggest drug trafficking bust in the history of Delaware County.

In 2012, law enforcement seized a baby blanket saturated with more than 880-grams of cocaine.

The prosecutor said the blanket was shipped from the Dominican Republic to an apartment complex on Southwind Drive in Powell.

Prosecutors said Gutierrez later admitted to investigators he had received another delivery of more than 500-grams of cocaine.

O'Brien said the bust kept as many as 14,000 individual doses of cocaine out of communities.

"It was designated for Central Ohio. It was going to be distributed in Central Ohio," said O'Brien.

In Columbus, Homeland Security Investigations Resident Agent In Charge, Nathan Emery, said federal agents are working to intercept drugs shipped to Central Ohio from all corners of the world.

"There isn't just one player out there anymore. It's a global threat," said Agent Emery.

A baby blanket saturated with cocaine is just one trick traffickers deploy to disguise drugs.

Agent Emery said federal agents have seized drugs concealed in bags of candy and potato chips.

Law enforcement said a chocolate bar was filled with methamphetamine, and agents showed 10TV a photo of a shipment of limes that look legitimate.

"But when you peeled it back, it was actually narcotics inside the limes. It wasn't real. It was completely fake," said Agent Emery.

Agent Emery says federal, state and local law enforcement officers are working together to not only interdict drugs before they reach communities but to stop the flow of drug money and make trafficking more risky than lucrative.

"Until that happens, they're going to continue to do it," said Agent Emery.

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