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Washington County officials arrest four in drug sting

March 12, 2008
Marietta Times
Four Michigan residents were arrested and about 10 ounces of cocaine worth $56,000 was confiscated late Monday evening during an undercover operation near Macksburg.

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks reported this afternoon that one woman and three men were arrested by agents of the Parkersburg Violent Crime and Narcotics Task Force and the Washington County Major Crimes Task Force. They were arrested for trafficking cocaine and are believed to be part of an organization from Detroit and Cleveland, working in conjunction with people located in the Marietta/Parkersburg area intent on distributing cocaine.

The arrests are considered significant in curtailing the influx of powder cocaine into the Marietta/Parkersburg area, Mincks said. The arrests occurred about 10 p.m. when the suspects met undercover officers in a parking lot off Exit 16 of Interstate 77 in Macksburg.

The four people arrested are: Derill King Jr., 18, of Redford, Mich.; Helena Reid, 26, of Detroit, Mich.; Leonard Collins, 40, of Detroit, Mich.; and Mario Johnson, 28, of Detroit, Mich.

All four suspects remain jailed without bond on felony charges related to complicity and trafficking in cocaine. Officers continue to investigate and additional arrests are possible, Mincks said.

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