Hundreds of hits worth of heroin was seized and seven people arrested during search warrants executed in the early Friday morning hours at homes in Fearing and Aurelius townships.
Operating with information that significant quantities of the drug were coming to the area, agents with the Major Crimes Task Force obtained warrants for 2460 Pleasant Ridge Road, Marietta-the home of 46-year-old Nissa L. Keagy and 37-year-old Earl Dean Griffin II-and 1483 Dutton Hill Road, Macksburg-the home of Hill Franklin Smith.
"We believe (individuals) had arrived from Detroit with a significant amount of heroin," said Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks.
Keagy, Griffin, Smith
Tolbert, Peterson, Addlespurger
Keagy and Griffin were not home when agents entered their Fearing Township residence sometime around 3 a.m. but later returned. Present were Asia D. Peterson, 24, and Dlontae B. Tolbert, 23, both of 4397 Alter Road, Detroit, Mich.
According to an affidavit of facts from the Washington County Sheriff's office, the pair were staying in a bedroom on the property where 4.2 grams of individually packaged heroin was found. Peterson and Tolbert's quarters also contained two sets of digital scales and numerous cell phones.
Elsewhere on the property, agents located a glass jar containing another 8.7 grams of heroin and a coffee can with nearly $6,000 cash and another 64.3 grams of heroin-enough for more than 600 individual doses.
A syringe loaded with what appeared to be heroin was located in Keagy and Griffin's bedroom.
Tolbert, Keagy and Griffin were each charged with a first-degree felony count of trafficking in heroin.
Peterson was charged with a second-degree felony count of trafficking in heroin. A background check showed Peterson is also a fugitive from justice in New Mexico for an aggravated burglary charge, said Mincks.
At Smith's Aurelius Township home, agents found digital scales and paper used for packaging heroin. Smith also had 7 grams of heroin and $886 on his person.
Smith was charged with a third-degree felony count of trafficking in heroin.
Two woman in Smith's home during the search were also found with heroin.
Bobbie L. Cantwell, 40, of 407 Franklin St., Marietta, had been staying in a bedroom at the home where a spoonful of heroin was found. Cantwell had a syringe in her bra and admitted using heroin earlier that day, according to the affidavit.
Amber L. Addlespurger, 21, of 19604 Sherbourne Road, Macksburg, had two syringes on her during the search-one filled with heroin and one with methamphetamine.
Both Cantwell and Addlespurger were charged with a fifth-degree felony count of drug possession.
All suspects remained incarcerated in the Washington County Jail in lieu of bond Friday afternoon.