New Straitsville residence

The Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force issued a search warrant for 304 Moss Street in New Straitsville.

NEW LEXINGTON — On Oct. 30, the Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force, with assistance from the Perry County Sheriff’s Office and the New Straitsville Police Department, made three arrests involving a heroin distribution operation located in the Village of New Straitsville.

Wednesday, Oct. 30, around 8 a.m., narcotics detectives with the CODE Task Force issued a search warrant to the New Straitsville address of 304 Moss Street. Two people were found in the residence as well as bulk quantities of heroin. Drug packaging equipment was also found at the residence. According to the Sheriff’s Office, an “undisclosed” amount of currency was seized from the residence.

Agents with the Task Force arrested 22-year-old Seth E. Miller who is charged with drug trafficking and possession. Miller is currently being held at the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail.

The search warrant was issued because of past surveillance being done as well as a vehicle stopped leaving the Moss Street residence. Information from the traffic stop guided the verification and issuance of the search warrant. During the stop, two arrests were made and a “quantity” of heroin was seized. Those arrested in the traffic stop were Angela Bennett, 37, and Dustin L. Stainer, 35, both from New Lexington. Officers determined the drugs were purchased from Miller at his residence.

A 3-year-old child was in the vehicle at the time of the traffic stop. The child was turned over and given custody to the Perry County Children’s Services.

Both cases remain under investigation. The Perry County Tribune contacted the Sheriff’s Office for additional information, but none was provided.

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