Four jailed after drug raid

Published 12:00 am Monday, July 3, 2006

SOUTH POINT— Local authorities descended on a South Point residence Thursday evening and arrested four people on drug charges.

Adrian Johnson, 33, of Columbus, was charged with trafficking crack, Charles Tabler, 45, of 27 Private Drive 708, County Road 1, South Point, was charged with complicity to trafficking in crack cocaine and a 17-year-old juvenile was also arrested and charged with complicity to trafficking in crack cocaine.

All three were arrested at the Tabler residence. A fourth person, Kimberly Maggard, 41, also of 27 Private Drive 708, was arrested at another location shortly thereafter.

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She was charged with possession of crack cocaine and faces additional charges in the near future, Lawrence County Sheriff Tim Sexton said. The three adults were taken to the Lawrence County Jail. The juvenile was taken to a local group home.

About 157 grams of powder cocaine and 41 grams of crack cocaine were confiscated from the Tabler-Maggard residence, along with $1,000 in cash and a 9 mm gun.

“As far as I can remember, this is probably the largest amount of combined crack and powder cocaine in one arrest in one location we’ve found,” Sexton said. “It’s here. We’ve being seeing it for several years and we are trying as hard as we can to fight it.”

Sexton said he thought there may be increased drug activity in Lawrence County because authorities in Huntington, W.Va., have cracked down on drug trafficking there. The increased law enforcement presence across the river may be driving drug peddlers into the South Point/ Chesapeake area.

This is the second drug bust in Lawrence County this week. On Tuesday, five people were arrested in a separate drug raid at a South Point motel.

Both drug raids were the work of the Lawrence County Drug Task Force, which includes officers from the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office, Ironton Police Department and Coal Grove Police Department.