Nichole Hannahs

Sheriff Combats Heroin in Perry County

by Nichole Hannahs on February 10, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Sheriff William Barker is talking about all the drug busts in a Perry County village. Tip information from several sources leads to the arrest of seven people in the Village of New Straitsville.

An area known for it’s Moonshine Festival is now becoming known for heroin. The Perry County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday four people were arrested during at bust at 201 Ewing Street and three others were arrested Monday at 201 and a half Clark Street.

"It doesn’t matter to use if they’re a small dealer or large," said Sheriff William Barker. "The problem is we don’t want to allow it to continue. We need to do what we can to stop it."

One of the males in the Ewing Street case was cited for permitting drug abuse and allowing drug trafficking out of his residence. The other, Todd Ellis, was taken to the Southeastern Ohio Regional jail held on trafficking of heroin.

"It’s an ongoing problem. It’s just not in New Straitsville. You know that ‘s just a small community in Perry County," explained Sheriff Barker. "A lot of good people live down there that don’t want to see this type of traffic and when we get information from those people, we need to react to that as we do with any community."

Those arrested in the Clark Street bust await a grand jury. Sheriff Barker said the goal now is to hopefully find the supplier of the heroin and figure out how the drug is being brought into the county.

The Perry County Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone that may suspect any illegal activity to call their tip line at (740) 342-4123 ext 302.