Mercer: County-wide drug sweep - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

Mercer: County-wide drug sweep

Posted: Updated:

MERCER COUNTY, Pennsylvania - The Hermitage Police Department was the jumping off point for the round-up operation in a drug sweep Friday morning.

A spokesman says the sweep is the result of on-going drug investigations which had produced enough information for arrest warrants to be issued for seven people.

"The arrests were spread out through the Hermitage, Sharon and Farrell area. It was a cooperative effort from the Mercer County drug task force case agents that put together the arrests leading up to this morning," says Gary Hartman with the Mercer County Sheriff's Department.

Those arrested are Billy Phillips, Douglas Christoff, Travis Owens, Dwight Campbell and Joseph Ost.

All are facing felony drug charges for possession and intent to deliver. The investigations included drug sales and transactions by undercover officers.

"Various narcotics, cocaine, heroin ... some different controlled prescription drugs," Hartman says.

Hartman says an undisclosed amount of drugs were confiscated as additional evidence.

"Some drugs and paraphernalia were seized this morning during the course of serving the warrants and no resistance was met by any of the suspects," he says.

The task force says drug investigations are always on-going and there will be more sweep operations.

"You know we try to do it as cases come up usually yearly, it happens to or three times a year," Hartman says.

The five suspects remain jailed in lieu of bonds ranging from $10,000 to $50,000.

  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • Authorities recover man's body after boat sinks

    Authorities recover man's body after boat sinks

    Sunday, August 31 2014 8:23 PM EDT2014-09-01 00:23:38 GMT
    Authorities recovered the body of a 22-year-old man from a western Ohio lake after responding to a call about a sinking boat.More >>
    Authorities recovered the body of a 22-year-old man from a western Ohio lake after responding to a call about a sinking boat.
    More >>
  • Bad weather shuts down concerts, delays flights

    Bad weather shuts down concerts, delays flights

    Sunday, August 31 2014 8:12 PM EDT2014-09-01 00:12:58 GMT
    Severe thunderstorms across the Northeast have slowed operations at airports, wreaked havoc at outdoor sporting and musical events and sent people scurrying from a beach in New York after three men there were struck by lightning.More >>
    Severe thunderstorms across the Northeast have slowed operations at airports, wreaked havoc at outdoor sporting and musical events and sent people scurrying from a beach in New York after three men there were struck by lightning.
    More >>
  • University of Toledo forms water task force

    University of Toledo forms water task force

    Sunday, August 31 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-08-31 17:26:31 GMT
    A university in northwestern Ohio says it's forming a group to help government leaders deal with the ongoing algae threat on Lake Erie.More >>
    A university in northwestern Ohio says it's forming a group to help government leaders deal with the ongoing algae threat on Lake Erie.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms