Six people face drug charges after drug bust in Washington County

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MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - Six people were arrested on drug charges on Tuesday after a traffic stop and search warrant execution at a business in Marietta.

On Tuesday, May 15, agents of the Ohio Organized Crimes Investigations Commission, Washington Morgan Noble Major Crimes Task Force, saw 3 people making a suspected drug deal at an unspecified business on Pike Street in Marietta.

Those people were Kenneth Barnhart, 37, of State Route 550 in Marietta, Richard Hawkins, 47, of Ridge Street in Marietta, and Chelsea Hayes, 27, of Cisler Drive in Marietta.

After the suspected drug deal, agents saw Hawkins and Hayes leave in a vehicle, which agents stopped for a traffic violation.

Hawkins and Hayes both told agents they had just bought 1.83 grams of heroin from Barnhart.

Hawkins told agents he told Hayes to hide the heroin, which she did, but she later gave the heroin to the agents.

Agents arrested Hawkins and Hayes and took them to the Washington County Jail, on charges of heroin possession, a fourth degree felony, and tampering with evidence, a third degree felony.

Agents then executed a search warrant at the location of the initial drug deal, on Pike Street in Marietta, where they found two sets of digital scales with a powdery residue, a makeup bag containing $1,355 cash, 14.07 grams of methamphetamine, 14.39 grams of heroin, a box of plastic baggies, and measuring spoon with powdery residue.

Additionally, agents found $234 of cash inside a backpack belonging to Brent Deeter, along with 1.5 grams of heroin on Deeter's person.

Inside the search warrant location, agents arrested Brent Deeter, Austin Dulaney, Dorthy Lucas and Kenneth Barnhart.

Kenneth Barnhart, 37, of State Route 550 in Marietta, was charged with trafficking in heroin, a fourth degree felony.

Austin Isaac Dulaney, 19, of McCarrick Ct., Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and Dorthy Ann Lucas, 22, of State Route 377, Chesterhill, Ohio, were each charged with trafficking in heroin, a second degree felony and trafficking in methamphetamine, a third degree felony.

Brent Deeter, 38, of Williamstown, W.Va., was charged with trafficking in heroin, a fourth degree felony.

All the subjects were taken to the Washington County Jail for processing, and they were arraigned on Thursday, May 16th in Marietta Municipal Court.

Barnhart is being held on a $10,000 bond, Hayes is being held on $23,000 bond, and Deeter, Hawkins, Dulaney and Lucas are each being held on $75,000 bond.

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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