Crooksville house

This is the house, 445 South State Street in Crooksville, that the CODE Task Force searched on Friday. Lieutenant Kevin Starrett said that “bulk” amounts of methamphetamine were found as well as drug paraphernalia.

CROOKSVILLE — The Perry County Sheriff’s Office arrested two individuals on Sept 6. The Crooksville Police Department assisted the Sheriff’s Office in holding the suspects as they searched the residence.

“We received information that there was drug activity occurring at the address of 445 South State Street in Crooksville,” Lieutenant Kevin Starrett of the Central Ohio Drug Enforcement told The Perry County Tribune.

Two individuals were arrested by the Central Ohio Drug Enforcement (CODE) Task Force last Friday at a Crooksville residence on South State Street. Bruce D. Ritter, 36, and Eric K. Kincaid, 43, were arrested for allegedly trafficking methamphetamine. Starrett stated that he could not disclose the amount of methamphetamine that was found but that the individuals had “bulk” quantities of the drug.

Starrett also said that the individuals would allegedly have others sell methamphetamine out of the residence in Crooksville. Starrett confirmed that both Ritter and Kincaid lived at the residence.

The CODE Task Force was the lead investigator in the incident. The Task Force had been getting information prior to the search and arrest of the two individuals. Additional information on the case has not yet been released because the incident is still under investigation. Both men are being held with pending charges as well as a bond hearing at the Perry County Municipal Court in New Lexington.

The Crooksville Police Chief Rodney Walters was at the scene and assisted the Sheriff’s Office by holding the suspects as others searched the premisses in Crooksville. Starrett Stated that the CODE Task Force searched the Crooksville residence and found methamphetamine as well as drug paraphernalia.

The Perry County Sheriff’s office assisted at the scene by holding and transporting the alleged individuals. The Crooksville Police Department also held and provided security as the investigation proceeded.

The Perry County Tribune requested an incident report on Monday, but has not received the report as of publishing. The newspaper also reached out to the Sheriff William Barker for a comment on the incident but did not get a response.

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