In all, 18 of 24 accused drug dealers were taken into custody during a Thursday night roundup of offenders in Holmes and Wayne counties.
All were wanted on warrants issued after indictments were handed out by the grand jury and filed in the Holmes County Common Pleas Court.
Team No. 3 was headed by Holmes County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tim Stryker, and included officers from the Sheriff’s Office, Glenmont Police Department, Nashville Police Department, Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office and Holmes County Adult Probation.
Topping their list was David Allen Miller, 24, of 3305 County Road 150, Millersburg, charged with two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs in the vicinity of a juvenile, both third-degree felonies stemming from a July 28 transaction.
Attempts to locate Miller first at his Holmesville place of business and then at the Millersburg home of his employer were unsuccessful. Officers then traveled en masse to Miller’s home but were unsuccessful in locating him, who was on probation for prior charges. He eventually returned and was arrested by another group, taken into custody and transported to the Holmes County Jail, where he was being held Friday on $25,000 bond.
The group then moved on to Coshocton County, where a neighbor said Duane Means, 50, of 541 Allen Court, Coshocton, was at a football game. Rather than arrest him in public, they agreed to leave, and Means was later taken into custody by a Coshocton officer.
They proceeded to West Lafayette, where they arrested Shawn Richard Dorsey, 34, of 529 N. Kirk St., who is charged with aggravated trafficking in drugs within the vicinity of a school and five counts of trafficking in drugs within the vicinity of a school.
“He said he had no idea what we were talking about,” Stryker said, summarizing his initial discussion with Dorsey.
Likewise, his girlfriend and father stood watching in apparent shock as he was being taken into custody for allegedly participating in drug transactions on four occasions in July.
Nothing illegal was found during a search of his vehicle, which was ordered impounded pending resolution of a request for forfeiture.
The team moved on to the home of Christopher Rowe, 25, of 800 S. Washington St., Lot 28, Millersburg, who, like Miller, also is on probation.
There they met a little more resistance from not only Rowe, who claimed, “I didn’t traffic nothing,” but his wife, who pushed her way, with howling child in hand, through the crowd of officers standing in the doorway. She returned shortly thereafter, joined by Rowe’s mother, and they both joined in the argument with officers over the likelihood of Rowe’s involvement.
Nevertheless, Rowe, charged with three counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, was taken into custody and booked into the jail, with bond set at $25,000.
A K-9 search of his residence yielded nothing illegal.
The last stop was to serve a warrant on Beau Dunn, 37, of 4370 County Road 58, Millersburg, charged with multiple counts of making meth, possessing the products needed to make meth, possession of drugs and aggravated arson. The charges stem from a May 12 fire caused when a meth lab exploded in the basement of his Holmesville home.
At the end of the night, Sheriff Timothy W. Zimmerly declared the effort a success. He said a majority of the charges stemmed from the illegal sale of prescription drugs, which continues to be a problem in the county.
“It’s such easy money. Most of them are selling heir kids’ medications,” he said, specifically referring to Adderall, a central nervous system stimulant used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Also arrested on Thursday were:
— Angela Ascione, 37, of 106 Wadsworth Road, Lot 39, Orrville, charged with two counts of trafficking in marijuana.
— Kristopher Ascione, 38, of the same address, charged with three counts of trafficking in marijuana.
— Thomas Crawford, 27, of 8193 State Route 83, Holmesville, charged with three counts of trafficking in marijuana and two counts of endangering children.
— John Houser, 34, 2843 Mara Loma Circle, Wooster, charged with two counts of trafficking in the vicinity of a juvenile and one count of trafficking in drugs.
— Dorothy Jack, 40, of 863 Massillon Road, Lot 16, Millersburg, charged with trafficking in drugs and sale of a dangerous drug.
— John Lillibridge, 29, of 101 Lakeview Drive, Apt. C-14, Millersburg, charged with four counts of trafficking in drugs.
— Nicholas McCarthy, 30, of 101 Lakeview Drive, Apt. E-27, Millersburg, charged with three counts of sale of dangerous drugs.
— Shane McCloud, 21, of 505 W. Larwill St., Lot 5, Wooster, charged with three counts of trafficking in marijuana and two counts of trafficking in drugs.
— Mary Myers, 34, of 101 Lakeview Drive, Apt. C-14, Millersburg, charged with three counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs.
— Jeffrey Perrine, 32, of 71 N. Mad Anthony St., Millersburg, charged with aggravated trafficking in drugs and trafficking in marijuana.
— Patricia Tabereaux, 64, 101 Lakeview Drive, Apt. F-33, Millersburg, charged with trafficking in drugs and three counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs.
— Brandon Yungen, 19, of 237 S. Washington St., Apt. B, Millersburg, charged with trafficking in drugs and three counts of trafficking in marijuana.
— Cody Smith, 18, of 2432 Columbus Road, Wooster, charged with three counts of trafficking in marijuana and two counts of trafficking in drugs.
Additionally, officers found and seized several marijuana plants, pills, scales, bags of marijuana and grow lights at the home of Cody Smith.
Also assisting in the roundup were officers from the Medway Drug Enforcement Agency, the Ohio Investigative Unit, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, Millersburg Police Department, Wooster Police Department and Rittman Police Department. Holmes County Commissioner Ray Eyler and Holmes County Assistant Prosecutor Sean Warner were also on hand to support the law enforcement effort.
Reporter Christine L. Pratt can be reached at 330-674-5676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.