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Two arrested for felony drug possession


Trish Bennett, Editor

Jason M. Burgess and Aaron S. Adams (Photos courtesy of the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office)

CIRCLEVILLE – Two southern Ohio men are currently in the Pickaway County Jail charged with felony drug possession following a joint effort between seven law enforcement agencies, according to Sheriff Robert Radcliff.

Aaron S. Adams, 25, of Wheelersburg, and Jason M. Burgess, 44, of Portsmouth, were arrested about 10:54 p.m. Wednesday following a traffic stop on state Route 104 near Route 762.

A tip to the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force led to the surveillance of the men, who were reportedly driving a 2007 Dodge Nitro to Columbus to purchase narcotics, according to Detective John Strawser, Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office.

The deal was allegedly made, and the vehicle was stopped in Pickaway County on the return trip to Portsmouth.

Adams, the driver of the vehicle, is being held on a $50,000 bond in the Pickaway County Jail, Strawser said. Burgess, who was found holding the drugs, is being held on a $250,000 bond.

Strawser said the amount of narcotics, believed to be heroin, was substantial, but an exact weight and street value has yet to be determined.

Law enforcement agencies involved in the surveillance and arrest include the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force, the US 23 Major Crimes Task Force, the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office, Ross County Sheriff’s Office, Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Pike County Sheriff’s Office and Columbus Police Department.

Adams and Burgess both are charged with felony 1 possession of drugs.

This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal