On June 24, 2015 the L.E.A.D. Drug Task Force and the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 1819 North Water St Ext. Uhrichsville, Ohio 44683.
The search warrant was issued to further the investigation of the illegal sale and possession of narcotics, mainly Spice and Methamphetamines, as well as possessing/receiving stolen property.
The basis for the warrant was documented during a lengthy investigation that consisted of surveillance and interviewing witnesses as well as compiling the lengthy criminal records and known actions of those who frequented the home and detached garage.
At the time of the warrant execution, the home was occupied by Donald “Ritchie” Davis and Denette Nichols. Davis and Nichols both live at the residence. While searching the property deputies located James Barnhouse III inside a small camper and he too was placed under arrest for an outstanding warrant and was found in possession of chemicals commonly used to make methamphetamine as well as possessing what investigators believe is “spice” and will face additional charges.
Detectives located approximately 8 pounds of Spice inside the home, much of which was hidden above a ceiling. A Methamphetamine Lab was located on the property along with remnants from previous meth labs. Several guns were seized because Davis is a convicted Felon and a stolen four-wheeler that had been taken from within the County was recovered as well. Other property was photographed and a few additional items seized until it can be determined with certainty that the items were stolen.
All three suspects were transported to the Tuscarawas County Justice Center awaiting charges. Also assisting with the execution of the search warrant was the Uhrichsville Police Department, Holmes County Sheriff’s Office, Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, and the Harrison County Sheriff’s office. Uhrichsville Fire was also called to the scene while the Methamphetamine Lab was contained.
The home was boarded up and roped off as a crime scene while the investigation continues. The Sheriff’s Office made notification to the County Health Department’s Environmental Section that the conditions of the home appeared dangerous and unlivable and requested that they be deemed so by that agency.