4/16/2014 1:25:00 PM Eight jailed following Wellston drug raid
Probation officers from the Jackson County Municipal Court are shown as they lead arrested probationers into custody after what turned out to be a successful drug raid at a Wellston residence in the early-morning hours Wednesday. Eight persons were arrested, including seven who were on probation with the court. (Photo Courtesy Of Jackson County Municipal Court)
Probation officers from the Jackson County Municipal Court and officers from the Wellston Police Department found this table when they conducted a probation search at a Wellston residence on South Massachusetts Avenue in the early-morning hours Wednesday. Probation officers concluded suspects inside the residence were using the highly volatile drug known as bath salts. Eight persons were taken into custody. (Photo Courtesy Of Jackson County Municipal Courtís Probation Department)
At 1:05 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, probation officers from the Jackson County Municipal Court were assisted by Wellston Police in a probation home check at 252 South Massachusetts Avenue in Wellston.
Upon entering the residence officers encountered multiple subjects running throughout the home in an attempt to possibly evade arrest and conceal drug-related contraband, according to information provided by the Probation Department.
Seven subjects were discovered and arrested by officers inside the home while an eighth jumped from a high window at the back of the house only to be caught by a probation officer on the ground.
Vast amounts of drug paraphernalia, including plastic bags with residue, spoons, and burnt foil, pipes and propane torches used to smoke bath salts, were found, according to the Probation Department.
The drug known as bath salts was also found inside and outside the residence. According to the probation department, the use of bath salts has grown extraordinarily over the last several months and individuals under the influence of this drug are highly volatile and extremely dangerous.
The seven probationers were arrested for probation violations and transported to the Jackson County Correctional Facility and will await court appearances. The eighth individual arrested was transported to the regional jail in Nelsonville.
All eight suspects will receive new charges from the incident and await a court date at Jackson County Municipal Court.
The court's probation team was led by its Deputy Chief Wes Skaggs, and Officers Christine Edwards and Bill Prater, and were assisted by WPD Officers Jared Warrens and Sean Perry.
Those arrested in the raid were: Moses Burd, Nathan Baisden, Tim Ousley, Justin Miller, Tyler Young, Charles Richards, and Keith Doles. The suspect arrested who was not on probation was Brandon Rippeth.