SP motel raided, arrests madePublished 9:39am Friday, October 12, 2012
SOUTH POINT — For the second time in recent months, authorities arrested people after a drug raid at the Southern Hills Motel in South Point.
Thursday evening, the Lawrence Drug and Major Crimes Task Force conducted a search at the motel netting two arrests, 132 oxycodone pills, nine Xanax pills, various drug paraphernalia and $466 in cash.
Arrested were John Stafford, 45, of 2214 Liberty St., Ashland, Ky., and Steven Conley, 23, who gave his address as the motel.
Stafford was charged with second-degree trafficking in drugs. Conley was charged with fourth-degree trafficking in drugs. Conley will also face charges related to an arrest warrant charging him with robbery stemming from a South Point-area robbery.
Both men are scheduled to appear in Lawrence County Municipal Court today.
Assisting at the scene were personnel from the Ironton Police Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.
In a separate raid in late September, two arrests were made and 295 oxycodone pills with a street value of more than $8,800 were seized, as well as more than $1,600 in cash.
Arrested in September were Emmanuel Javon Anderson, 33, of 721 Sixth Ave., Huntington W.Va., charged with two counts of third-degree felony trafficking in drugs; and Heather Ratliff, 29, of 23A Private Drive 2824, South Point, charged with three counts of third-degree trafficking in drugs and one count of fourth degree trafficking in drugs.