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Arrests end burglary, drug cases

Three people were arrested Thursday night in connection with an Ironton area drug bust.

Meanwhile, a North Carolina man will likely face charges in connection with two home burglaries.

William Holton, Jr., 21, of Jackson,

is being charged with third-degree felony trafficking in drugs, fourth-degree felony carrying a concealed weapon and fifth-degree felony possession of criminal tools.

Robert Stevens, 18, of 322 Ridgeway St., Coal Grove, is being charged with third-degree felony complicity to trafficking in drugs, as is Anita Heffner, 18, of Worthington, Ky.

In a prepared statement, Lawrence County Sheriff Tim Sexton said the arrests were a joint effort by his office, the Lawrence County Drug Task Force and the Coal Grove Police Department.

Authorities received an anonymous tip that OxyContin was being sold from an area vehicle.

"Members of the drug task force located the vehicle and conducted surveillance and further investigation," Sexton said in his statement.

Authorities confiscated a .40 caliber handgun, OxyContin pills, nearly $2,000 cash and drug paraphernalia.

Also, Sexton said a North Carolina man is in the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville, W.Va., and will likely face charges in connection with the recent burglaries of a residence in Union Township and a residence in Rome Township.