4 arrests out of drug discovery

A traffic stop in the Harmar area of Marietta Sunday resulted in the arrest of four people who are jailed on felony drug charges, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

An investigation by agents from the Major Crimes Task Force revealed a vehicle traveling into Marietta from Columbus was possibly ferrying drugs, according to Sheriff Larry Mincks.

The vehicle’s driver, Shawn A. Williams, 23, of 969 East Mound St., Columbus, committed a traffic violation in the area of Barber and Market streets and was stopped by a Marietta Police officer who cited Williams for driving with a suspended license. While issuing the citation, a K-9 unit indicated there were drugs inside the vehicle.

A front seat passenger, Brittany M. Martin, 28, of 100A Linwood Ave., Marietta, told the officer that she had been smoking marijuana prior to the traffic stop.

Mincks said the vehicle’s registered owner, Jessica Biehl, 19, of 129 Arrow Drive, Marietta, was in the back seat with Raphael V. Pollard, 23, of 1898 Hulmal St., Columbus. All four occupants of the vehicle admitted they were returning from a trip to Columbus.

A search of the vehicle’s trunk revealed an Ajax cleanser can with a false compartment in which were hidden 27.95 grams of heroin, 5.06 grams of crack cocaine, four MDMA pills, and a small amount of marijuana.

Investigators noted the hidden compartment in the Ajax can had been designed so that someone using the can could still sprinkle cleanser from the container. Also located inside the trunk was a loaded .380 handgun. The vehicle occupants claimed no knowledge of the items agents found in the trunk. All four were charged with a second-degree felony count of possession of heroin, and a fourth-degree felony count of possession of crack cocaine.