In the wake of another drug investigation, Bellaire Police Chief Dick Flanagan says he has a message to “dope dealers.”
He says they need to know they’re not wanted.
“The police department doesn’t want you here,” said Chief Flanagan. “The citizens don’t want you here. Pack your things and get the Hell out.”
Chief Flanagan said the Belmont County Drug Task Force executed a search warrant on a house at 604 Vine Ave.
He said last year, that same house was the target of a drug investigation that culminated with the man who lived there being sentenced to ten years in federal prison for drug crimes.
Chief Flanagan said Tuesday that man’s mother, daughter and a one-year-old toddler were in the house when officers entered and searched.
He said they found about one ounce of crack cocaine.
Chief Flanagan said it appeared the crack had been “cooked” or manufactured on site.
He said it’s a rental property.
No arrests have been made at this time.
But he said it serves as a message for drug dealers and that no one wants them around.