Here’s encouraging news for those of you who are skeptical about the War on Drugs in the Village. This morning a joint operation with the Columbiana County Drug Task Force was carried out on a Wellsville apartment. Joining the DTF in the raid was the Drug Enforcement Agency, the CC Sheriff’s Office and members of the Wellsville Police Dept. St. Clair Township and the Ohio BCI were also on-hand with drug sniffing dogs. A substantial amount of crack cocaine and heroin were confiscated as a result of this morning’s operation.
|Submitted photo of this morning's raid at 102 6th St.|
Three suspected drug dealers were taken into custody at the apartment located at 102 Sixth Street in Wellsville. Arrested and booked this afternoon through the Sheriff’s Office was Jason N Barnes, Christie L Thrasher and a third suspect as yet not identified. The third suspect was still in the process of being booked and the Sheriff’s Office spokesman would not yet release his name. The first two suspects were booked on both possession of crack cocaine and heroin. Both are felony charges. The three suspects will be arraigned tomorrow morning in Lisbon. Additional charges may be filed when the Grand Jury convenes. The apartment is owned by a Wellsville realtor.
Again the raid was mounted to serve an outstanding warrant. The warrant issued out of East Liverpool Municipal Court. That warrant was for the third suspect and was issued to apprehend that third suspect, whose name was unavailable when we were gathering information.
This morning’s arrests were another step by all the law enforcement agencies involved to rid Wellsville of the drug selling that unfortunately goes on here. Your help is needed to carry on the fight. If you witness any suspected drug activity record license plate numbers and a description of the vehicles used. Then pick up your phone and call the authorities. Your call will remain anonymous. The number for the DTF Drug Tip hot line is 330-424-0309. Something is being done. It’s seems like a slow process but every bit of information helps.
Eventually we can make Wellsville a better place to live…