Athens County OH- September 25, 2020, The Criminal Interdiction Units (CIU) and the Athens County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team (SRT) executed a search warrant at 18598 State Route 13 in Glouster, for suspected drug trafficking.
Units made contact with and detained four (4) individuals at this residence. A search was conducted and suspected heroin and methamphetamine, along with abuse instruments associated with the two were located and seized.
Additionally, there were three (3) children present during this investigation, and the living conditions were unsafe for the children. Therefore, Athens County Children
Services was called to the scene for assistance.
Ashley Sears, age 31, of Glouster, was arrested for trafficking in drugs and possession of drugs, both a felony of the fifth degree, and endangering children, a
misdemeanor of the first degree.
Michael Taylor, age 26, of Millfield, was arrested for possession of drugs, a felony of the fourth degree, and endangering children, a misdemeanor of the first degree.
Nicole Barnhart, age 27, of Glouster, was arrested for possession of drugs, a felony of the fifth degree. Both Barnhart and Taylor were currently on Adult Parole Authority supervision and are also being held on violations.
This investigation is ongoing, and items seized are being sent to a lab for testing. Additional charges are expected.