On December 23, 2015 beginning at 7:00 a.m., Detectives from the METRICH/MARMET Drug Task Force, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, the Marion Police Department and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification (BCI&I) began a year end operation to round up drug traffickers and others with warrants in the Marion area.

In addition to warrant arrests, two search warrants were served and crack cocaine, heroin and suspected methamphetamine, as well as stolen property, were recovered.

One search warrant was served at 641 Sugar Street early Wednesday morning, executed by the Special Response Team of the Marion Police Department. Inside this residence, Kenny King, age 41 of Marion, was arrested for Trafficking in Crack Cocaine. A small amount of drugs and some stolen property was seized during this arrest.

The other search warrant took place 518 ½ Grant Street Wednesday afternoon. Thaddeus Macon, age 24 of Marion, charged with Trafficking in Heroin, and Stephanie LaFalce, age 20 of Marion, charged with Trafficking in Heroin, were arrested and a small amount of drugs and stolen property was seized during this arrest as well.

Also arrested:

Scott Baker Age 30 of Marion Trafficking in Heroin
Joseph Hawthorne Age 55 of Marion Trafficking in Cocaine
Orlando Rogers Age 40 Trafficking in Cocaine
Paul Klinefelter Age 24 Misdemeanor Warrant
Robert Stinson Age 52 of Marion Trafficking in Cocaine
Ortavious Hood Age 20 of Marion Trafficking in Crack Cocaine
Matt Conway Age 39 Misdemeanor Warrant
Lincoln Feustal Age 41 Misdemeanor Warrant

Officials said that Conway, Klinefelter and Feustal were not a target of this specific investigation but were arrested due to unrelated warrants.

“While those arrested on drug trafficking charges are not “top of the food chain” type dealers, today’s arrests show that if you are a drug dealer in Marion you will get arrested,” said Major Jay McDonald.

“MARMET expects to make additional arrests and file for additional warrants before the end of the year, so if you are a drug trafficker…you may be next.”

Originally published by Marion Online News on December 24, 2015