The individuals’ names, along with the name of a fifth person indicted, were not released until the suspects were in custody, prosecutors said Monday.
“When you indict someone, they may take off, and I think that was probably a consideration,” Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said.
Another concern was that, while there was enough information to indict the individuals, aspects of the investigation were still going on, Mincks said. The secret indictments made sure no one would be alerted early, he said.
Ronald Selser, 47, and Suzanne Selser, 54, both of 2020 Bear Run Road, were arrested on three fifth-degree felony counts each of trafficking in hydrocodone, a Schedule III narcotic. According to a release from the sheriff’s office, the sales occurred in October and November 2007 and January of this year.
Rebecca Longwell, 30, of 830 Fourth St., Marietta, and Corey Smearman, 19, of 121 Cullen Road, Marietta, were arrested on four fourth-degree felony counts each. They are accused of trafficking in hydrocodone in August and September 2007; trafficking in clonazepam, a Schedule IV narcotic, in August; and trafficking in codeine, a Schedule III narcotic, in August 2007. All four sales took place in the vicinity of a school, making them fourth-degree felonies.
Smearman was also indicted on fourth- and fifth-degree felony charges of trafficking in marijuana for sales in August and October of 2007. The latter transaction took place in the vicinity of a school.
All four suspects had been released on personal recognizance bonds Tuesday evening, according to an officer at the Washington County Jail.
The sheriff’s office is still looking for the fifth suspect on whom a secret indictment was returned. Mincks declined to say if that person’s case was related to the others.