Four Arrested In Connection With Alleged Heroin Trafficking At Athens Motel

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Four Athens residents were arrested after an investigation into alleged heroin trafficking happening at a local motel.

Patricia Eblin, Cinthia Glover, Mike Meadows and Courtney Meadows were all taken into custody between Jan. 29 and Jan. 30, and were taken to the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail, the Athens County Prosecutor’s office in a news release.

The prosecutor’s office stated in the release that they’ve been conducting an investigation into “heroin trafficking involving guests at the Sunset Motel on Columbus Road in Athens,” beginning in early January 2016.

“The suspects rented a room at the Sunset Motel from Jan. 6, 2016, through Jan. 22, 2016,” the release stated. “After a short break, they checked into the Hometown Inn on State Route 50 in Athens for four nights, checking out on Jan. 29, 2016.”

The prosecutor’s offices Secret Service, with the assistance of the Athens County Sheriff’s Office, served three search warrants in Chauncey and Millfield. The Athens Police Department assisted in serving a search warrant at the Carriage Hill Apartments in Athens.

Eblin was and charged with drug possession, tampering with evidence, conspiracy and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, according to the jail database.

Glover and Courtney Meadows were also charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, conspiracy to trafficking in heroin and tampering with evidence, along with a charge of conspiracy to engage in a pattern of corrupt activity.

Mike Meadows was arrested on a Fairfield County warrant, but required medical attention and was transported to OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital because of “complications due to heroin use,” Prosecutor Keller Blackburn said on Monday.

Blackburn expressed his appreciation for the agencies that assisted in the investigation, and has helped to fight the drug epidemic.

“I am proud that my office has evolved to systematically remove drug networks and not just one dealer at a time,” Blackburn stated in the release.

Eblin, Courtney Meadows and Glover are all scheduled for preliminary hearings in Athens County Municipal Court on Feb. 8. Eblin and Courtney Meadows are being held on $100,000 each, according to the jail database. Glover is being held under $200,000 bond.