The Belmont County Sheriff’s Office and Drug Task Force have been keeping a watchful eye on a drug operation for nearly five months. Police said the operation was brought down thanks to your help. “People calling in and letting us know what they see, or what they might suspect,” said Belmont County Drug Task Force Commander, John McFarland.
That was how police first caught wind of some alleged drug activity happening at a house on Coen Road in Belmont.
After five months of investigations, police moved in for the sting, now two people are behind bars. Jodie Whorley of Bellaire who is facing felony counts of possession of heroin. Daniel Clark, the primary resident of the home is facing several felony charges that include Trafficking of heroin, possession of heroin and cocaine, as well as three counts of possession of a firearm under disability, since Clark had already spent time in prison on other charges in the past.
McFarland said residents have seen a lot of suspicious activity, “There was a lot of traffic going in and out of the house. The officers with the Task Force and the Sheriff’s Deputies did an excellent job at working together as a grouping and working together as a team and I accredit that to the reason why we were able to make this arrest today,” McFarland said.
Belmont County Sheriff, Dave Lucas, said busts like these are possible when everyone works together. “All the law enforcement agencies in Belmont County is part of the Drug Task Force. We’re working together for this, because it’s for the community of Belmont County,” Lucas said.
Lucas added the residents of Belmont County are the ones who help police find crimes they aren’t always able to see for themselves. “The eyes and ears out there is the public, so call us, tell us the information, but just be patient with us, because these type of cases take time,” said Lucas.
The two suspects remained behind bars Friday evening at the Belmont County Jail, and neither could be released due to a hold placed on both from the Belmont County Adult Probation Department.
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