Four people in Ohio were arrested on March 20 on a number of drug charges. Three sisters, all from Hartford, and a man from Hawkesville, Kentucky, were arrested together at a Hartford home by local police. The four were arrested after detectives in the area found the man, 40, who was wanted on the basis of two outstanding warrants. While tracking his location, they found that he was inside a home located on U.S. 231.
When police arrived at the residence, they say that the people who live there gave them permission to search the area. The Kentucky man was reportedly found in the crawl space of the house. In addition, police say that they found a large amount of methamphetamine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a loaded handgun inside the house. The four people were arrested and taken to the Ohio County Detention Center; while county sheriffs led the operation, the Hartford Police Department and Kentucky State Police were also involved.
All four people were accused of drug charges, including trafficking in methamphetamine in the first degree, one count of possession of methamphetamine in the first degree, one count of marijuana possession, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of endangering the welfare of a minor. The man was charged with possession of a handgun by a felon as well as third degree possession of a controlled substance, Xanax, in addition to the two warrants for which he was originally sought. The three women were also accused of hindering prosecution.
People in Ohio who are facing drug charges could have long-lasting consequences to deal with, from prison time and expensive fines to a felony criminal record. A criminal defense attorney may help people accused of drug crimes before and during trial to challenge evidence and police behavior. With a strong defense, it may be possible to avoid a conviction and mitigate potential penalties.