Athens County meth investigation leads to arrest of suspected heroin and fentanyl dealers

(Courtesy: Athens County Major Crimes Unit)

ATHENS COUNTY, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- A joint investigation between the Athens County Major Crimes Unit and Washington County Sherriff's Office resulted in seven felony charges for a Southern Ohio man.

According to investigators, in March a search of the residence of Jason Daugherty, 35, found suspected methamphetamine, almost $1,000 cash, and other items. Daugherty was booked at the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail on a fifth-degree felony charge, with additional charges pending.

On June 5, after Daugherty was indicted for seven felonies and one misdemeanor earlier in the week, the investigation resulted in another arrest for Daugherty, who was located in his home in Hockingport.

An additional suspect, Kayla D. Scadden, 27, of Madison, Alabama, was also arrested on related charges in the same case. Arrangements are being made to extradite Scadden to Athens County.

Sheriff Rodney Smith reports that their investigation showed that these two people are involved in heroin sales within Athens County, including the sale of fentanyl that caused a death by overdose of a man in Washington County in March. Among the charges for Daugherty and Scadden are first-degree felony Involuntary manslaughter and second-degree corrupting another with drugs.

Daugherty is expected to be arraigned this week.

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