It’s one of the largest drug busts Morgan and Washington Counties have ever seen.
Sheriffs and Prosecutors from both counties along with the Bureau of Identification and Investigation were able to put an end to a drug-trafficking operation that crossed state lines.
"It’s a good day for southeastern Ohio when we can take this quantity of drugs off of the streets and it’s also a good day for law enforcement when we can show the world that through perseverance and cooperation, even small departments with limited resources can accomplish big things," said Morgan County Prosecutor Mark Howdyshell.
After a three year investigation, The Morgan and Washington Counties Sheriff’s Departments along with the Major Crimes Task Force were able to arrest five adults and one juvenile on drug trafficking related charges.
At 5:06 a.m. on Saturday, authorities executed six search warrants at four different locations in the area of Strode Lane in Chesterhill and East Main Street in McConnelsville.
" We found over $800,000 in cash and in excess of over 200 pounds of marijuana in various stages from prepared and packaged for sale to bulk marijuana," said Morgan County Sheriff Tom Jenkins.
Other assets seized included ten vehicles, two jet ski’s, a camper, a motorcycle, and 87 weapons.
56-year-old Hank Holloway is believed to be the ring leader of the operations. Sheriff Jenkins said he has a prior record of drug trafficking dating back to 2000. Informants were used to help collect evidence needed for the investigation.
"Within the last six weeks we’ve made a number of large buys where Mr. Holloway touched the money and that’s the key that we needed to get to where we are today," said Sheriff Jenkins.
Those arrested include 38-year-old Kelley Adkins, 30-year-old Michael Adkins, 20-year-old Nicole Pauley, and 34-year-old Marsha Holloway.
"This is far from over, we don’t know where it’s going to take us yet, but we’re certainly happy with where it’s gone so far," said the Sheriff.
Formal charges are pending at this time.