Heroin Seizure May be Largest in Scioto County History

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

SCIOTO COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Four people have been arrested in connection with what investigators say is possibly the largest single Heroin bust ever in Scioto County.

Members of the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force Officers and Ohio State Parks Officers seized nearly 500 grams of Heroin during the bust Thursday afternoon.

According to a news release, Ohio State Parks Officers notified the Task Force that a large amount of Heroin and cash had been located on Ohio Department of Natural Resources property.

Investigators say they found more than one pound (approximately 489.5 grams) of suspected Heroin with an estimated street value of approximately $74,000 and approximately $12,000 in cash on the park property in West Portsmouth.

Task Force and Park Officers later stopped a vehicle driven by 24- year-old Phillip T. Hanson-Bass of Dayton, Ohio. During a search of the vehicle, officers say they discovered a loaded, 9mm, semi-automatic handgun in a hidden compartment in the vehicle, more $1,000 in cash, and evidence tying Hanson-Bass and his passenger, 24-year-old Robert C. Woods Jr. of Dayton, Ohio, to the suspected Heroin.

Hanson-Bass and Woods Jr. were arrested and charged with trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin, and having a Weapon while under Disability.

Both men are being held in the Scioto County Jail and each held on a $515,000 bond.

Members of the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, West Union Police and officers from the Task Force and Park Service made an additional traffic stop of a vehicle driven by 21-year-old Ryan L. Starks, and occupied by 28-year- old Sashia M. Woods, both of Portsmouth

In that traffic stop along SR 125 in West Union, Ohio, investigators say they found more than $800 in cash and suspected illegal substances in the vehicle.

Starks and Woods were arrested and charged with trafficking in heroin, and possession of heroin.

Both people are now in the Scioto County Jail. Each is being held on $500,000 bond.

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