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Ross County – Police Patrol Leads to Drug Paraphernalia and Drug Discovery


On April 1st, 2024, a routine patrol on Eastern Ave. took an unexpected turn when an officer observed a traffic violation involving a gray Kia Optima. The vehicle failed to signal a right turn onto S Sugar Street, prompting the officer to initiate a traffic stop near the intersection of S Sugar and Mckellar Street.

Approaching the vehicle, the officer encountered two occupants, identified as Kevin Dunning and Clara Walters. While checking identifications, the officer noticed signs of nervousness from Kevin. With the assistance of another officer, they verified Kevin’s information but suspicions arose regarding the possibility of illegal substances.

Upon questioning, both occupants denied possessing anything illegal. However, Kevin consented to a search of the vehicle and his person. No evidence was found on Kevin, but a subsequent search of Clara’s person led to the discovery of a bottle cap containing residue.

Further search of Clara’s belongings inside the vehicle uncovered multiple items indicative of drug paraphernalia, including burnt glass pipes and hypodermic needles. Digital scales with residue were also found in the vehicle.

As the search continued, the officers discovered loose crystal residue behind the vehicle’s headliner. Upon closer inspection, they found a small clear baggie containing a substance suspected to be methamphetamine.

Clara was issued a summons for drug paraphernalia, with a court date set for April 5th, 2024, at Chillicothe Municipal Court. Both occupants were released from the scene, with Kevin receiving a verbal warning for the initial traffic violation.

Upon arrival at the Chillicothe Police Department, evidence collected at the scene was documented, including photographs and an approximate weight of 1.4 grams for the suspected methamphetamine.

The incident underscores the importance of routine patrols in ensuring public safety and combating illegal activities within the community.