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Authorities Arrest 39 Drug Trafficking Suspects in Pickaway Co.

CIRCLEVILLE (Ken Hines) -- Authorities have arrested dozens of suspects in connection with an investigation into the trafficking of heroin, crack, and other drugs.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the charges on Wednesday in Circleville, where many of the 39 arrested suspects allegedly operated.

Twenty-two of the arrested suspects are charged with trafficking heroin, while the remaining 17 are accused of trafficking crack cocaine, methamphetamine, and prescription pills.

The Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Circleville Police Department, and Pickaway County Sheriff's Office participated in the investigation, which focused largely on the trafficking of drugs from Columbus to Pickaway County.

DeWine believes a recent crack-down on prescription pill sales in the area may have provided heroin dealers with a growing market.

"Two years ago my office started working with local authorities to quash the supply of illegal  prescription drugs in Circleville, but unfortunately, heroin dealers saw that as an opportunity to move in and take advantage of those suffering from addiction," DeWine said.

Also Wednesday, DeWine announced the formation of heroin unit within the BCI.

The following suspects were arrested as part of the ongoing investigation into drug trafficking in Pickaway County:

  • Sara Anderson, 23, Trafficking in Heroin
  • Caleb Beatty, 28, Trafficking in Heroin
  • Alex Boozer, 28, Trafficking in Crack Cocaine
  • Ashlee Burroughs, 22, Trafficking in Heroin
  • Derek Conboy, 35, Trafficking in Heroin
  • Richard Davis, 31, Trafficking in Heroin (2 cts)
  • Tommy Davis, 29, Trafficking in Heroin (2 cts)
  • Roger Derr, 39, Trafficking in Crack Cocaine
  • Robert Edwards, 23, Trafficking in (Prescription) Drugs (2 cts)
  • Larry Evans, 26, Trafficking in Crack Cocaine
  • Timothy Fleming, 27, Trafficking in Heroin
  • Jeff Fowler, 28, Trafficking in Heroin
  • Krista Giffin, 21, Trafficking in Heroin (3 cts)
  • David Hanshaw, 23, Trafficking in (Prescription) Drugs 
  • Jessica Hanshaw, 28, Trafficking in (Prescription) Drugs
  • Mary Harding, 36, Trafficking in (Prescription) Drugs
  • Ashley Hastings, 26, Trafficking in Heroin
  • Jonathan Ishmael, 21, Trafficking in Heroin
  • George Johnson, 52, Trafficking in Heroin (2 cts)
  • Rena Jones, 53, Trafficking in (Prescription) Drugs
  • Jonathan Logan, 26, Trafficking in Heroin (3 cts)
  • Timothy McFarland, 26, Trafficking in Drugs (Methamphetamine)
  • Elisabeth Nelson, 26, Trafficking in Crack Cocaine
  • Tara Payne, 30, Trafficking in Heroin
  • Kara Pennington, 34, Trafficking in Heroin, Trafficking in Crack Cocaine
  • Brian Poling, 35, Trafficking in (Prescription) Drugs
  • Demarco Saunders, 35, Trafficking in Heroin, Trafficking in Crack Cocaine
  • Rusty Scott, 34, Trafficking in Heroin
  • Fred Seymour, 53, Trafficking in (Prescription) Drugs
  • Kyle Simonton, 24, Trafficking in Heroin
  • Joe Shackelford, 31, Trafficking in Crack Cocaine (2  cts)
  • Walker Tipton, 39, Trafficking in (Prescription) Drugs
  • Ty Tracy, 46, Trafficking in (Prescription) Drugs
  • Amanda Valentine, 33, Trafficking in (Prescription) Drugs
  • Robert Vandagriff, 37, Trafficking in Heroin
  • Glen Westenberger, 33, Trafficking in Heroin, Trafficking in Crack Cocaine
  • Jason Wilson, 31, Trafficking in (Prescription) Drugs
  • Jeremiah Wolfe, 34, Trafficking in Heroin
  • Jerry Wynn, 41, Trafficking in Heroin
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