Drug sweep in county nets seven arrests

Published 12:00 am Monday, February 9, 2004

Seven people were arrested Saturday in three separate incidents in Lawrence County.

Christian Todd Hardy, 35, of Grayson, Ky., was arrested early Saturday morning at the Comfort Inn in South Point. Hardy was charged with aggravated trafficking in Schedule I and II drugs. According to a written statement from the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office and the Lawrence County Drug Task Force, Hardy's arrest came after a drug investigation tip. At the time of the arrest, authorities allegedly seized 18 grams of crack cocaine and 49 grams of powder cocaine from Hardy.

On Saturday afternoon, Lawrence County Sheriff's deputies, investigating the theft of a car, arrested two women. They recovered the vehicle and allegedly confiscated drug abuse instruments, prescription drugs and other suspected illegal narcotics.

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Tina Hanshaw, 39, of 2065 Little Storms Creek Road, Ironton, was charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle. Melissa Ison, 35, of 433 Susan Court, was charged with drug abuse and outstanding warrants. Both were arrested at the Urban Motel on Old U.S. 52 in South Point

Sunday morning, Ironton Police, sheriff's deputies and members of the drug task force arrested four people during a drug raid at a residence at 704 Vice Street in Ironton. Sean Sweeney 32, of 704 Vine St., was charged with permitting drug abuse. Theodore Gamble, 29, of Columbus,

was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Ernest Lunsford, 35, of Columbus, was charged with possession of cocaine, and Connie Poke, 27, of Lexington, Ky., was also arrested. Information about charges against her was not available at press time.

Authorities said the raid was the result of "intelligence and evidence of illegal drug trafficking occurring at this location", according to the written statement.

During the raid, authorities allegedly confiscated 126 grams of crack cocaine, weapons and an unspecified amount of cash.

"During this type of raid and arrest scenario, officers are exposed to great danger. The officers did a magnificent job in protecting themselves and the public while at the same time carrying out a very important mission," Lawrence County Sheriff Tim Sexton said about the raid.

All seven people were taken to the Lawrence County Jail and were scheduled to

be arraigned in Ironton and Lawrence County municipal courts today on charges stemming from that raid.