On September 27th , 2022, the Athens County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force, Investigators from the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office, and Agents from the Athens Office of the Ohio Adult Parole Authority responded to
the residence of Jeffrey Kiser at 10787 SR 550, Athens, for a report of drug activity, possession of the stolen property, and numerous people living on the property with warrants.
Deputies and investigators located evidence of narcotics at the scene and subsequently obtained two search warrants for the property. “Suspected methamphetamine and psilocybin mushrooms were located during the
search.” reported Sheriff Rodney Smith.
“Property crimes in our area are directly tied to the increased use of illegal drugs,” continued Athens County Prosecuting Attorney Keller Blackburn. “Working together we can target the problem and make our community
Arrested on scene and transported to the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail were the following:
Jeffrey Kiser, age 54, arrested for violation of parole.
Dale Canter, age 41 of Hamden, arrested on a warrant issued by Hocking County for Theft (M1).
Jerry Smith, age 39 of The Plains, arrested for violation of parole.
Kayla Riddle, age 29 of Athens, arrested on a failure to appear warrant issued by Athens County for Theft (F4).
Athens County Children Services was called to the scene regarding the well-being of a child who was found in a bed near items that were seized. The Athens County Dog Warden also responded to assist with a dog suffering
from a severe foot injury and having difficulty walking.
More charges are expected to be filed in connection to this investigation. Chief Investigator Jay Barrett advises the community that “We will continue to work as a team to eradicate drugs from Athens County.”
The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank Athens County Prosecuting Attorney Keller Blackburn, Chief Investigator Jay Barrett, Investigators with the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office, the Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Chief
Scott Fitch and the Nelsonville Police Department, Athens County Children Services, the Athens County Dog Shelter, Friends of the Shelter Dogs, and the Athens Vet Clinic for assisting the Task Force.
The Southeast Major Crimes Task Force is part of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s Organized Crime Investigation Commission and is comprised of representatives of the Washington, Morgan, Noble, Monroe, Meigs, and Athens County Sheriff’s Offices; the Marietta, Belpre, Middleport, McConnelsville, Nelsonville and Glouster Police Departments; the Washington, Morgan, Noble, Monroe, Meigs, and Athens County Prosecutor’s Offices; and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.