UPDATE | 4 arrested during drug raid in Lawrence County, Ohio

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PROCTORVILLE, Ohio (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 6/18/19 @ 5:10 p.m.
More details have been released in a drug raid that landed four people behind bars, including the suspects' names.

Four people are in custody after a drug raid at a home on Township Road 1107 in Proctorville, Ohio.

The raid happened Tuesday morning in the 200 block of Cranford Lane (Township Road 1107).

All of the suspects face first-degree felony drug offenses, with additional charges to be presented to a grand jury in July, according to the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office. They are identified as Jasmine G. Mendoza, 23, Richard E. Ellis, 48, Stephanie A. Harrison, 52 and Helen M. Bellville, 72.

A search warrant at the home turned up crystal methamphetamine, marijuana, cash, two firearms and a drug ledger.

Three kids under the age of 5 were located inside the home and turned over to the custody of Lawrence County Children Services.

"They are the innocent victims in all of this," said Detective Sergeant Aaron Bollinger with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office. "Unfortunately, things like this go on in so many neighborhoods,"

"That's the thing that upsets you the most," said Amy Weaver. "It's not just affecting the neighborhood, it's affecting children's lives daily."

According to the prosecutor’s office, a drug Task Force received tips from the public that crystal methamphetamine and other drugs were being sold at the home.

Neighbors say they were woken up Tuesday morning by the sounds of investigators swarming the house.

"Definitely a wake-up call," Weaver said. "I don't want to wake up like that again. We have lived here going on eight years and there's really no excitement other than children running around playing."

The suspects face up to three to 15 years in prison on the current charges. They are scheduled to be arraigned Friday, June 21 in Lawrence County Municipal Court.



ORIGINAL STORY 6/18/19
Four people are in custody after a drug raid in Lawrence County, Ohio.

Deputies with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office raided a home in Proctorville Tuesday morning.

The home is on Township Road 1107, also known as Cranford Lane.

Investigators arrested three people so far, but say more arrests could be coming.

We're told this raid is the result of a several months-long investigation.



 
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