59 people taken down in massive drug bust in Ohio

Stolen weapons were also seized during the operation

59 people taken down in massive drug bust in Ohio
Dozens were recently arrested after a large drug bust that spanned 3 Ohio counties. (Source: U.S. 23 Major Crimes Task Force)

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio (WOIO) - A highly coordinated undercover drug task force operation recently resulted in 59 arrests in southern Ohio.

The investigation was conducted by the U.S. 23 Major Crimes Task Force across Pickaway, Ross and Fayette counties.

“This criminal investigation was an example of a collaborative effort between local, regional and state agencies,” Pickaway County Sheriff Robert Radcliff said in a prepared statement. “Often, organized criminal activity spans multiple counties and requires a multi-jurisdictional response. When committing to a long-term investigation such as this, we work closely with our partners to use our combined resources more efficiently and effectively.”

The investigation focused on drug trafficking and stolen firearms, according to the Attorney General’s office. Authorities seized 95 ounces of methamphetamine and 109 doses of hydrocodone as well as cocaine, fentanyl, heroin and suboxone.

“These drug busts were the equivalent of organized crime rings you’d see in the movies, not only taking profits but also lives,” Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said in a prepared statement. “Coordinated crime requires a cooperative effort, which is why our OOCIC partnerships that allow local law enforcement to work across county lines are so successful.”

Eight stolen firearms were also seized.

The following people were indicted:

Fayette County

• SEALED INDICTMENT – Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F3)

• Blaine A. Bailey – Agg. Robbery (F1); Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F3)

• Amber Brandel – 2 Counts Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F2)

• Christopher Burnett – Trafficking in Meth (F3)

• C. Carson – Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F1); Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F4)

• Byron Green – Trafficking in Meth (F3)

• Donald J. Jordan II – Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F3); Trafficking in Heroin (F5)

• Austin Kinzer – 3 Counts Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F1); Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F2); Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F3)

• Hayden Knapp – Trafficking in Meth (F3)

• Travis R. Knaub – 2 Counts Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F2)

• John Lamar Kolle – 2 Counts Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F2); Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F3)

• Moriah J. Leisure – Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F3)

• Zachary Milstead – Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F3); Trafficking in Fentanyl (F4); Trafficking in Fentanyl (F5)

• Paul Dean Myers II – Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F2)

• Mark Roberts – Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F2)

• Jeremy A. Robinson – Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F4)

• SEALED INDICTMENT – Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F3)

• SEALED INDICTMENT – Trafficking in Drugs (F5)

Ross County

• SEALED INDICTMENT – Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F3)

• SEALED INDICTMENT – Complicity to Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F2); Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F3)

• Megan R.J. Beverly – Trafficking in a Counterfeit Controlled Substance (F5)

• Charles C. Brewer – 2 Counts Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F3)

• Jamarr E. Brown II – Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F2); Complicity to Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F2)

• Malcolm W. Cornell – Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F3)

• Aaron D. Cox – Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F3)

• Joseph M. Driggs – Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F4)

• SEALED INDICTMENT – Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F4)

• Tammy S. Grube – Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F3)

• SEALED INDICTMENT – Having Weapons While Under Disability (F3); Complicity to Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F2); Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F1); 2 Counts Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F2)

• Ralph G. Hawk – Complicity to Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F3)

• SEALED INDICTMENT – Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F2)

• SEALED INDICTMENT – 2 Counts Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F2); 1 Count Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F3)

• Hope M. Lemmings – Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F3)

• Joshua R. Lowery – Counterfeiting (F4)

• Christopher D. Monk – Trafficking in Drugs (F5)

• SEALED INDICTMENT – Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F3)

• James T. Ramey – 2 Counts Trafficking in a Counterfeit Controlled Substance (F5)

• James P. Shea II – 5 Counts Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F2); 1 Count Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F3)

• Casey W. Spano – Trafficking in Heroin (F5); Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F3)

• Aaron A. Stanley – Having Weapons While Under Disability (F3); 4 Counts Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F2); 1 Count Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F3)

• Hilary R. Tackett – Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F2)

• SEALED INDICTMENT – Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F2)

• Nathan D. Wright – Trafficking in a Counterfeit Controlled Substance (F5); Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F3)

Pickaway County

• Kyle M. Boyer – Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F3); Agg. Possession of Drugs (F3)

• Stacey A. Bush – 60 Counts**

• Trevor P.H. Bush – 60 Counts**

• Nancy E. Crabtree – 60 Counts**

• SEALED INDICTMENT – 60 Count**

• SEALED INDICTMENT – 60 Counts**

• Jeffrey J. Fowler – Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F2); Agg. Possession of Drugs (F2)

• Virgil L. Greeno – 60 Counts**

• John L. Kolle – 14 Counts*

• Brian Lawson – Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F3); Agg. Possession of Drugs (F3)

• Kevin C. Pennington – 60 Counts**

• James T. Ramey – 60 Counts**

• Christopher M. Rogers – Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F1); Agg. Possession of Drugs (F2)

• Amy J. Rowland – 60 Counts**

• Samuel P. Schlimpf – 60 Counts**

• James P. Shea – 14 Counts*

• Brittany A. Smith – 14 Counts*

• Buddy L. Stepp – Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F3); Agg. Possession of Drugs (F3)

• Hilary R. Tackett – Agg. Trafficking in Drugs (F3); Agg. Possession of Drugs (F3)

• Raheem C. Willoughby – 60 Counts**

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