The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office SIU HOPE Task Force executed a narcotics search warrant at 598 S. Richardson Avenue which stemmed out of non-fatal overdose on interstate 270 in southwest Franklin County. Deputies arrested Shaunell Mcknight on charges of Felony Drug Possession and Corrupting Another with drugs. Brandon Shipley was also arrested in connection to the overdose event on Felony Drug Possession charges. Over an ounce of Heroin, 4 firearms, an ounce of Crack Cocaine, and approximately $10,000 in U.S. Currency was seized during the search warrant.

To combat the Opiate epidemic in Franklin County, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, along with Southeast Healthcare Inc. have collaborated and created the Heroin Overdose Prevention and Education (H.O.P.E) Task Force. Since January of 2016 the H.O.P.E Task force has been investigating fatal and non-fatal overdoses throughout Franklin County. Franklin County Prosecutor Ron Obrien’s Office is pursuing indictments for Involuntary Manslaughter, Corrupting Another with Drugs, Felonious Assault, and Drug Trafficking Charges in these cases. The HOPE task force also works to introduce surviving victims of Opiate Overdoses to treatment opportunities with their collaboration partner, Southeast Healthcare Inc.

In recent months the Franklin County H.O.P.E Task Force has arrested Shaunell Mcknight, Brandon Shipley, Adrian Jones (DOB: 02/02/1991), Paris Hatton (DOB: 07/22/1985), Anthony Reitan (DOB: 09/24/1989), Corey Leggett (DOB: 08/16/1984) and Jon Jones (DOB: 12/21/1990) on charges of Involuntary Manslaughter, Corrupting Another with Drugs and Drug Trafficking related to opiate overdoses in Franklin County. The H.O.P.E Task Force in collaboration with the Whitehall, Truro Township, Violet Township, and Prairie Township Fire Departments have educated 25 individuals who have survived a near fatal overdose on Heroin and/or Fentanyl and over half of those individuals have begun their first steps into treatment through Southeast Healthcare Inc. The HOPE task force has also informed or linked 18 family members who have lost children to a Heroin Overdose with various family support groups such as The Addict’s Parents United and the GAP Network.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office HOPE Task Force has filed warrants for the following individuals who are still currently at large for providing Heroin and/or Fentanyl which caused additional overdoses:
Meghan Welch (DOB: 12/14/1989) (Tampering with Evidence F-3)
Everth Perez (DOB: Undocumented) (Corrupting another with Drugs F-2)
Lindsay Newkirk (DOB: 03/22/1989) (Involuntary Manslaughter F-1)
Please call 614-525-3318 if you have information on their whereabouts.