Alleged dealers busted for crack

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 20, 2006

SOUTH POINT — Two alleged Columbus drug dealers well-known by local law enforcement agencies were nabbed Monday night in South Point carrying with them more than 110 grams of crack cocaine with a street value of more than $10,000.

Officers with the Lawrence Drug and Major Crimes Task Force arrested Tony Lark, 25, and Twanita Edwards, 28, around 11:30 p.m. after leading them on a chase on County Road 1. Detective Aaron Bollinger said initially the couple would not stop for officers and eventually crashed behind Sam’s Club, at the car wash on County Road 410.

The driver, Edwards, gave herself up immediately; Lark ran into a wooded area and was apprehended just minutes later, Bollinger said.

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Officers reportedly found more than 110 grams of crack, scales and about $1,000 in cash in the couple’s possession.

Lark has been charged with first-degree trafficking in crack cocaine and first-degree possession of crack cocaine, both felonies. Edwards was charged with first-degree complicity to trafficking in crack cocaine and complicity to possession of crack cocaine, both felonies. The couple also could face other charges including fleeing and eluding, tampering with evidence and possession of criminal tools. Their cases could be heard by a Lawrence County grand jury as early as this week.

Bollinger said Lark and Edwards have been under investigation by not only Lawrence County officers, but by those in Cabell County, W.Va., as well.