CADIZ -- The first day on the job was a memorable one for Harrison County Sheriff Joe Myers.
His department, along with members of the Cadiz and Jewett police departments, conducted early morning drug raids on several residences in Cadiz and another in Jewett.
Myers said 24 officers took part in the raids which began at 7 a.m. on Monday and eight people were arrested as a result of a six-month long investigation.
Search warrants were executed at Ludwig's Trailer Court where Natasha Sall, 24, and Kevin Mason, 53, were taken into custody. Myers said arrest warrants were served upon the other suspects which included Floyd Mercer, 44, of Jewett; and Cadiz residents Marla Yoho, 39; Jessica Yoho, 24; Alexander Bacon, 19; John P. Muze, 19; and Tammy Dallesandro, 18.
All the suspects face fifth-degree felony drug trafficking charges except for Sall who was charged with one count of permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony. Myers said she allegedly permitted the sale of drugs at her home. During the raid, three children were removed from the home and placed with relatives.
No drugs were found during the raids, but officers did find drug paraphernalia.
"We had controlled trafficking purchases made earlier," Myers said. "We had the search warrants for two places and also had warrants from those buys."
All the suspects appeared for arraignment before Harrison County Court Judge Mark Beetham who set bound at $50,000 or 10-percent cash.
Preliminary hearings are expected to be held from Jan. 12-14 and could fact up to 12 months in prison and a fine of up to $2,500.
Myers said the bust was just the beginning in his department's fight against drugs.
"It's never going to end," he said. "Once we arrest a dealer four more pop up to take their place. We have a big problem with cocaine and heroine in this county and we are doing all we can to fight it. We know the drugs are coming from Pennsylvania and the Weirton Task Force is doing its part. Jefferson County is working on the problem. We are all fighting the same battle."
All eight suspects were being housed in the Jefferson County Jail. Their cases may be bound over to the next grand jury.
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