UPDATE 11/30/12 @ 6:30 p.m.
NEW BOSTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- You could call it a family business -- five members of the same family arrested for dealing drugs.
“When I look at the situation and it's next door to you, or right down the ally from you or across the street from you, it's scary,” neighbor Vicki Payton said.
Payton has lived in the neighborhood since she was born. Her family owns three houses on the block, and her son is about to move next door. She even has ties to the apartments she says are part of the problem.
“My first home was the same apartments as the drug place that was raided,” Payton said.
Her husband Mike is on city council. He says the drugs in New Boston are a hard problem to stop because the dealers are so powerful.
“It's scary, and people do fear for retaliation,” Mike Payton said. “They're scared to call police and say, 'Hey there's a drug deal going down next door.' Because they're afraid tomorrow night their house might burn down with them in it.”
Vicki and Mike say drugs have been a problem on their street for quite a while. The police chief says this latest bust was quite the family affair:
“You're talking, you know -- the dad, the mother, the sons, the brother next door … it's not a normal occurrence,” Captain Steve Goins said.
Father Ricky Grooms, mother Dana Cattell, son Ryan Grooms and Ricky's brother Roy Grooms all were arrested on felony trafficking charges. Mike is not surprised.
“It's kinda like it's the family business anymore,” he said. “And you grow up and you learn how to sell drugs.”
But even with this week's arrests, Vicki says she's still terrified.
“It ceases being your world when you can't live in your own house without being scared,” Vicki said.
A Scioto County Grand Jury recently indicted Ricky A. Grooms, 47, his common law spouse Dana Cattell, 43, both of New Boston; their sons Ricky Grooms II, 25, of Portsmouth, and Ryan Grooms, 22, of New Boston; along with the elder Grooms' brother Roy Grooms, 46, of New Boston.
Four of the five were arrested by New Boston Police on Thursday. Ricky Grooms II turned himself at the Scioto County Jail after the other family members had been arrested, according to a press release.
Ricky A. Grooms is charged with two counts of trafficking in drugs, and one count of aggravated possession of drugs.
Dana Cattell is charged with one count of trafficking in drugs.
Ryan Grooms is charged with one count of trafficking in drugs, and one count of possession of drug, a misdemeanor of the first-degree.
Roy Grooms is charged with one count of Trafficking in Drugs, and 1 count of Possession of Drugs, a misdemeanor of the 1st degree.
Ricky Grooms II is charged with two counts of trafficking in drugs, and one count of aggravated possession of drugs
All five people will remain in the Scioto County Jail until they are arraigned in Scioto County common Pleas court.
Police say the Millbrook Avenue area, where four of the five family members lived, is an area in New Boston where they have received numerous complaints and tips about illegal drug activity.
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