Six people were taken into custody Wednesday afternoon following a controlled drug buy by an undercover police officer outside a Southgate Parkway restaurant.
The names of the suspects arrested by the Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force in conjunction with the Guernsey and Belmont county sheriff’s offices were not released pending the filing of formal charges.
The undercover officer reportedly purchased $2,100 worth of illegal narcotics from two northern Ohio residents.
It was the second drug eradication effort in Guernsey County by the CODE Task Force and partner agencies in less than three days. On Monday, agents completed one of the largest narcotics seizures in county history when a search warrant was executed at a Earley Road residence.
“We are committed to stamping out drugs in the region and coordinating assets between the two counties for the protection of our citizens,” said Guernsey County Sheriff Jeff Paden and Belmont County Sheriff Dave Lucas in a joint statement.
According to a press release from Major Jeremy Wilkinson of the Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office, CODE Task Force agents took the six individuals into custody outside the Southgate Parkway business just after noon.
Two of the individuals allegedly sold $2,100 worth of suspected heroin and other narcotics to an undercover CODE agent. The alleged sellers are residents of Akron and Cleveland, according to investigators.
After the purchase was completed, marked and undercover units converged on two vehicles taking three individuals from each vehicle into custody.
A dispatch log at the sheriff’s office reported two females and a male were transported to the Guernsey County Jail by deputies while a Cambridge police log reported officers took a male and female to jail.
The narcotics reportedly sold to the undercover officer will be sent to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation for testing.
Charges are reportedly pending against the six suspects.
During the raid Monday, CODE Task Force agents joined forces with the Guernsey County Special Response Team and Sheriff’s Office to execute a warrant just before 1:30 p.m.
Seized during the raid were several pounds of methamphetamine, an estimated 50 pounds of marijuana, cocaine and a large amount of THC oils and mushrooms. Cash, with some estimates as high as $100,000, also was recovered from the remote home in Wheeling Township.
“This was a textbook task force case that spanned over three counties that was executed with precision,” said Guernsey County Sheriff Jeff Paden referring to the investigation spanning Guernsey, Muskingum and Licking counties.
Authorities arrested a 40-year-old male and a 41-year-old female at a Dresden location in Muskingum County as a result of the lengthy investigation. The unidentified pair were incarcerated in the Muskingum County Jail.
Investigators reported the male and female suspects had relocated to northern Guernsey County from Licking County.
Felony charges are pending against the man and woman.