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IPD serves warrants

Two Ironton residents were arrested Wednesday following indictments by a Lawrence County grand jury.

Both were arrested by the Ironton Police Department’s drug task force and special response team, according to detective Joe Ross.

Kristen Easterling, 20, of 729 S. Ninth St., Ironton, was recently indicted on three third-degree and one fourth-degree counts of trafficking in drugs.

Douglas Price Jr., 32, of 2205 N. Sixth St., Ironton, was indicted on five third-degree trafficking charges.

The cases are unrelated, Ross said, but both were allegedly selling oxycodone.

The arrests were made following investigations and controlled buys, which were funded using part of a $10,000 donation the Ironton City Council gave the IPD in 2014 to start its own drug task force. The investigations led to indictments by the grand jury.

“Hopefully there will be many more arrests to follow,” Ross said.

The first of these arrests were two brothers, Urian Benicker, 31, of 610 S. 10th St., Ironton, and Brian Benicker, 34, of 5712 State Route 378, Ironton, back in January.

They allegedly sold Alpha-PVP.

Ross said the police department gets many complaints of drug activity in the city.

“We want to let the citizens know their tax dollars are going to a good cause,” he said. “We are trying to do something about it. Hopefully it will continue to be a great success with the support of city council and the public.”