Search of home results in 11 arrests
by Brian J. Reed
MIDDLEPORT - Five were arrested on drug charges following the execution of a search warrant at a Middleport-area residence, and six others were arrested on various drug-related charges and outstanding charges when they came to the home while the investigation was underway.
Sheriff Robert Beegle said sheriff's deputies and officers of the Middleport Police Department conducted a search of the Joseph Rife residence on Rife Road, just off Leading Creek Road in Salisbury Township late Tuesday and early Wednesday.
Officers confiscated a large quantity of cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana and prescription drugs from the residence, Beegle said, as well as firearms, cash, drug paraphernalia and three vehicles.
Arrested, along with Rife, 46, were Lisa Ohlinger, Melissa Manley and Tonia Chafin, whose ages and addresses are unreported, and Aurelius Edmunds Jr., 24, Dayton.
Rife was charged with trafficking in crack cocaine, Ohlinger with possession of prescription Darvocet and tampering with drugs, Chafin with possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia, Manley with possession of cocaine, trafficking in cocaine, possession of crack cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and old fines, and Edmonds with trafficking in crack cocaine.
Others were arrested when they came to the home while the search was underway. Roy Messick, 44, Henderson, W.Va., was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. Paul McKinney, 54, Middleport, was charged with possession of crack cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of drug instruments.
Beth Craig, 43, Henderson, was charged with possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Richard Laudermilt of Cheshire was arrested for driving under the influence and driving under suspension.
Lee Garnes of Pomeroy remains in the Middleport Jail on a warrant for old fines.
Beegle said evidence was taken to the laboratory of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation in London to be weighed and analyzed.
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