Task force nets 3

Three people were arrested Thursday on drug possession charges as a result of two joint drug operations between Marietta City Police and the Major Crimes Task Force, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

At 8:14 a.m., Marietta City Police officers responded to a report of a suspicious car parked in the parking lot of Physicians Care, 800 Pike St., where they found and questioned Brian R. Mincks, 33, and Shauna D. Mincks, 32, of 101 Townsend Ave., Girard.

After an exterior search of the vehicle, a canine indicated drugs were present, and officers and Major Crimes Task Force agents searched the inside and found multiple chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine.

“There was also about 1.5 grams of meth inside, in addition to about three to four grams of marijuana, and all the chemicals used to make meth,” said Det. Sgt. Josh Staats of the Major Crimes Task Force.

Staats said as of now, he does not believe the pair are dealers.

“He told us they lived up north but he had come to do some work at a power plant in West Virginia,” he said. “They told us that they had been looking for a motel to stay in and could not find one, so they decided to sleep in the car.”

Both suspects admitted to being meth users and were arrested on third-degree felony charges of illegal assembly of drug-making chemicals.

Brian Mincks was also charged with a second-degree felony count of illegal manufacturing of meth.

“He also explained to us that he used the glass tube we found to crush pills for his own use,” said Marietta City Police Sgt. Rod Hupp.

Later in the afternoon at about 3:30 p.m., as a part of a second joint operation, Katie D. Cline, 32, 27400 State Route 7 Lot 63, was arrested on a litany of drug charges.

Officers stopped Cline’s vehicle near Franklin Street for driving with expired registration, and canines indicated that drugs were present inside.

At the request of her probation officer, Cline was taken into custody, and a search found her in possession of 10 oxycodone pills.

Cline also revealed a plastic bag inside a body cavity containing 3.4 grams of crack cocaine, 2.6 grams of heroin and seven unit doses of heroin, all packaged for sale.

She was charged with fourth-degree felony counts of trafficking in drugs and possession of heroin and fifth-degree felony counts of possession of cocaine and possession of a Schedule II drug.

In addition to being held on her parole violation, Cline was incarcerated in lieu of a $15,000 bond.