‘Operation Summer Heat’ targets drug locations

Cops cracked down Friday on serving warrants as part of a countywide operation.

The MARMET Drug Task Force conducted “Operation Summer Heat” with help from Marion Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Office and representatives from city and county probation. The purpose was to serve arrest warrants and check drug locations known to the task force members.
Lt. Chris Adkins said the operation was made possible by increases in manpower at the police department.
“It was great to get out and be proactive in dealing with the issues instead of reactive,” he said. “The growing education and awareness of citizens to the drug problem in Marion helps the task force.”

In total, nine adults were arrested during the operation:
» James C. Prude, 43, Marion, on a charge of possession of crack.
» Chancey McMahon, 22, Marion, on a charge of probation violation.
» Keshia Young, 24, Marion, on a warrant.
» Derrick Darling, 33, Marion, on a warrant.
» William Dunn Jr., 23, Marion, on a warrant for breaking and entering.
» Keith Washington, 51, Marion, on charge of possession of crack.
» Dontaze Mosley, 25, Detroit, on a warrant from West Virginia as a fugitive from justice.
» Michael O’Bryant, 29, Detroit, on charges of tampering with evidence and possession of heroin.
» Derrick Jefferson, 45, Detroit, on a charge of felony fleeing.

In addition, one juvenile was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana and tampering with evidence. The juvenile was taken to JDC.

Officers also seized 3.1 grams of crack cocaine, 2.4 grams of heroin, 58 grams of marijuana and 2 syringes containing heroin.
“Outstanding leadership and cooperation amongst the different departments lead to a very successful night in cracking down on crime in Marion,” Adkins said.

Anyone with information about criminal activity is asked to call the Marion Police Department at 740-387-2525 or the Marion County Sheriff’s Office at 740-382-8244. Calls may be made anonymously to the TIPS line at 740-375-8477.

Originally published in the Marion Star on June 18, 2013.