NEW LEXINGTON, Ohio – Sheriff William R. Barker of the Perry County Sheriff’s Office released information regarding the conviction of a local drug trafficker and the arrest of additional drug traffickers in New Lexington.
On September 12, 2018, Joshua R. Clark – Age 40 of New Lexington, Ohio changed his plea to guilty moments before trial in the Perry County Common Pleas Court. Clark was indicted on March 29, 2018 charging him with three (3) counts each of drug trafficking, drug manufacturing and drug possession all with school specifications. Those charges stemmed from the February 16, 2018 raid by CODE Task Force and Ohio Adult Parole Authority agents of his home located at 200 West Water Street – Apartment D / New Lexington, Ohio. Clark shared the home with his parents and was found to be trafficking large quantities of methamphetamine, heroin and fentanyl from the home that is located less than 200 feet from the St. Rose Elementary School in New Lexington. Clark faces approximately 10 years in prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set. He remains incarcerated at the Southeast Ohio Regional Jail.
After receiving Clark’s guilty plea, narcotics detectives with the Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force agents began investigating drug activity complaints coming from 200 West Water Street – apartment ‘D’ / New Lexington, Ohio being the same address Joshua Clark was arrested at months earlier. As a result, Task Force detectives developed enough evidence to secure a search warrant for the residence and arrested three (3) people in the apartment that included Joshua Clark’s father – 65yr old John R. Clark and 38yr old Jeffery A. Riley on felony drug trafficking charges. Agents also arrested 61yr old Ellen M. Clark on outstanding arrest warrants on unrelated charges in Muskingum County. Task Force Agents seized a large amount of methamphetamine from the residence, as well as a quantity of heroin, prescription drugs, drug packaging equipment and US Currency. All three are incarcerated awaiting bond hearings.
CODE Task Force agents plan to meet with the property owners of 200 West Water Street / New Lexington, Ohio and address concerns of the ongoing criminal activity occurring at that residence and its effects on the school and neighboring residences. The following are photographs of the scene and those arrested on drug charges.