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Accused Heroin Dealer Arrested in SWAT Action in Bellevue, More than $30,000 Recovered

An accused heroin dealer was taken into custody after an early morning effort by multiple law enforcement agencies in Bellevue on Wednesday morning.

Michael Antonio Williams, 30, was arrested at his home on the 100 block of Retreat Street and is now charged with first degree trafficking in a controlled substance (more than two grams of heroin), first degree possession of a controlled substance (heroin), and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Cincinnati Police, the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force, and Bellevue Police all worked together on the case.

Bellevue Police Chief Wayne Turner said that between $30,000 and $40,000 in cash was recovered from Williams's address.

Williams had lived off and on at the Retreat Street rental since January of this year, Turner said, and he was allegedly known to be involved in drug activity. He came to Bellevue from across the Ohio River, the chief said.

"We get these dealers coming over from Cincinnati and setting up shop in Northern Kentucky," Turner said. "The heroin, it's killing us and we've got to do something and anything I can do to take these guys out, my resources are available to help out."

Bellevue Police solicits tips from the public by phone and online. News of the SWAT presence in Bellevue first appeared on a community Facebook page early Wednesday. Residents reported hearing shots but Turner said that no shots were fired and that the sound came from flash bangs used at the scene. No one was hurt, he said. 

Turner said the use of SWAT was necessary, however, because Williams reportedly had two previous encounters with law enforcement and was armed each time. "These guys have nothing to lose and you never know what you're facing," he said.

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Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News

Photo: Michael Antonio Williams/Campbell Co. Detention Center