Weekend traffic stops result in numerous charges

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Local law enforcement conducted numerous traffics stops on people headed to Athens for the Halloween Block Party, which resulted in almost 30 charges being filed.

The Hocking County Sheriff’s Office, Hocking County Sheriff’s Interdiction Unit and the Fairfield-Hocking Major Crimes Unit conducted 88 traffic stops along U.S. 33 on Oct. 25 and 26 because of the increased traffic toward Athens, according to a press release from Hocking County Sheriff Lanny North.

The traffic stops resulted in 10 felony charges, 18 misdemeanor charges, two people being arrested on outstanding warrants and several warnings being issued.

Among the arrested were a Columbus couple who allegedly admitted they were transporting heroin to sell in Athens. Deputies seized 8.5 grams of heroin and $500 in cash from the Columbus couple.

A second group allegedly admitted they were on their way to purchase heroin. Cash in the amount of $500 was seized from the second group, along with syringes they allegedly hid from deputies that were later found.

The felony charges were for possession of drugs, trafficking in drugs, tampering with evidence, permitting drug abuse and vehicle identification number violation. The misdemeanor charges were for underage alcohol possession, marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia.

All the people, except for the ones who had warrants, were released and charges will be presented to a Hocking County Grand Jury.