NEW CARLISLE, Ohio (WDTN) – Three people were arrested during a morning drug raid in Clark County.
The raid went down at a house on the corner of North Scott Street and Fenwick Drive in New Carlisle around 9:30 a.m.
Joseph Marshall, Damian Bateman and Derrick Keaton were arrested and charged with trafficking in heroin.
Officers say they bought 21 capsules of heroin from the suspects a month ago.
“To get 21 caps of heroin for $100, shows how cheap it has become, and plentiful. And that’s the ticket for young people to start the addiction process that will usually lead to their total life destruction and in many cases their death,” said Clark County Sheriff Gene Kelly.Kelly says the $5 capsule price for heroin is the lowest he’s heard of.
Police say the bust is the result of a month long investigation after receiving an anonymous tip about drug activity. The drug raid lasted 90 seconds.
“You see these people walking around all the time, and you kind of know what’s going on. I’ve got two kids at home, and they’re kind of afraid to be at home. So when they heard this they ran to me and said they were scared,” said a neighbor. “It’s about time they do something around New Carlisle. It’s starting to get pretty bad. When you say New Carlisle, everybody knows it’s a big town for heroin.”
Despite neighbors stating the town may be known for heroin, Sheriff Kelly says overall arrests are down.
“Reported crime is down 12 percent. In the city of New Carlisle, it is down 39 percent from last year,” Kelly said.
A total of 34 heroin capsules and $2,000 in cash was confiscated from the home.