Bond set for five people arrested in two Marietta drug busts

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MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - Five people are in the Washington County Jail on drug charges after search warrants were conducted on Tuesday at two locations in Marietta.

On Tuesday, Agents of the Ohio Organized Crimes Investigations Commission and Washington Morgan Noble Major Crimes Task Force conducted a search warrant at a location in Marietta.

Inside the location Agents found 4 adults: Justin Schroeder, Alicia Miller, Brittany Wheeler and Jacob Rowe.

Agents also found digital scales, corners of plastic baggies with drug residue, metal spoons with drug residue, loose heroin, and syringes.

There was also a plastic baggie with heroin inside a purse containing Alicia Millers’ ID and cell phone.

Upon being questioned by Agents, Alicia Miller admitted she came to that location the previous night and purchased heroin from Schroeder.

Miller said she then injected the heroin which caused her to overdose, but before she passed out she witnessed Schroeder remove the heroin she purchased from a baggie containing a larger amount of heroin.

Brittany Wheeler told Agents that she was contacted the previous day by Justin Schroeder and he invited her and her boyfriend, Jacob Rowe, to come to the location.

Wheeler said when they arrived, they were given approximately .30 grams of heroin from Schroeder at no cost to them.

She and Rowe then used the heroin, which caused them to overdose.

Wheeler said she was revived by Rowe.

Jacob Rowe told Agents that he saw Miller and Wheeler use heroin which was given to them by Justin Schroeder.

Rowe stated that he also used the heroin and overdosed, but he came to before Miller and Wheeler and performed CPR on them until they each came to.

Agents say two of the 3 people who overdosed said they had been given Narcan the night before.

All three subjects believed the heroin that they used may be fentanyl as it made all three of them overdose.

Wheeler, Miller and Rowe told Agents that they were aware that drugs were being used and sold from that home.

Agents then executed another search warrant at a home at 829 Ridge Street, Marietta, Washington County.

Inside the home, Agents found Richard Wesley Hawkins passed out and lying in his bed and revived him using his own supply of Narcan that was on him.

Agents believed Hawkins had overdosed before they entered the home.

Once Hawkins was alert, Agents asked him where the drugs were that he consumed and overdosed on.

Hawkins told Agents they were in the nightstand.

In the nightstand Agents found a sunglasses case with two syringes, a cellophane wrapper with a pill, a baggie containing a powdery substance and a paper fold with a white powdery substance, all suspected to be heroin.

Agents also located multiple 1” plastic baggies, crushed pills, empty baggies with powder residue and a small amount of marijuana in the nightstand.

All five suspects were arrested and taken to the Washington County Jail.

The suspects were arraigned Wednesday morning on the following charges:

Richard Wesley Hawkins, 47, of Marietta, is charged with felony drug trafficking. His bond is set at $20,000.

Alicia Dawn Miller, 34, of McConnelsville, is charged with felony trafficking in heroin. Her bond is set at $5,000.

Jacob Kyle Rowe, 26, homeless, is charged with felony trafficking in heroin. His bond is set at $2,500.

Justin Ryan Schroeder, 36, of Marietta, is charged with felony trafficking in heroin. His bond is set at $10,000.

Brittany Marie Wheeler, 26, of Marietta, is charged with felony trafficking in heroin. Her bond is set at $5,000.

All five suspects will face a preliminary hearing on Nov. 15 at 3:30 P.M., in Marietta Municipal Court.

The Washington Morgan Noble Major Crimes Task Force is part of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Organized Crime Investigation Commission and is comprised of representatives of Post 84 of the Ohio State Highway Patrol; Washington, Morgan and Noble County Sheriff’s Offices; the Marietta, Belpre and McConnelsville Police Departments; and the Washington, Morgan and Noble County Prosecutor’s Office.

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