Seven people are in custody Wednesday evening, after the Sheriff’s Department conducted a search warrant and found crack cocaine.
It happened around 6 p.m. at 305 Wayne Avenue in Zanesville. Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz says the seven people arrested were all male, and were cooperative.
"We have known targets when we come to these locations." explained Sheriff Lutz. "When we entered the house, we had five individuals in the house and a car pulled up on Hughes street, and we recognized that car as being a car of interest to us, it had two occupants inside."
Also found inside the duplex were prescription pills, a firearm, ammunition, and money. He says so far they have found about an ounce of crack cocaine, which he believes is packaged to sell.
"If you were to buy an ounce total you’re going to pay about $1,000 for that." said Lutz. "However, if they break it up and divide it up, you’re going to get more money out of it by piecing it together."
The search warrant was a result of a joint effort from the Zanesville Police Department and the Sheriff’s Department. Lutz says they used a ram to gain entry into the home, and the ZPD S.W.A.T. team used flash bangs as a diversion technique.
"Most of them were taken down for investigation." said Lutz. "Our detectives are going to question them, and once we find out what their involvement is, then we will know whether we are going to keep them and talk to Mr. Haddox about charges, or whether they will be released."
Sheriff Lutz says he expects charges to be filed later in the week. He says the charges could range from possession of a firearm to drug possession and drug trafficking. Four of the suspects were taken to the Sheriff’s Department for questioning, the other three were taken to the Zanesville Police Department.