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4 arrested in Ironton drug bust

The investigation into the source of the Alpha-PVP is ongoing and more arrests are expected, according to the release.

The investigation into the source of the Alpha-PVP is ongoing and more arrests are expected, according to the release.

Four Lawrence County residents were arrested Wednesday following an investigation into the sale of Alpha-PVP.

The Lawrence Drug and Major Crimes Task Force arrested Richard Sharp, 52, of 1014 1/2 N. Third St., Ironton, Paul Eddie McMackin, 55, of 201 Compliment St., Coal Grove, David Lee Arthur, 34, of 1107 1/2 S. Third St., Ironton, and Johnda Nicole Rife, 30, of 2444 S. Sixth St., Ironton.

According to a press release from prosecuting attorney Brigham Anderson’s office, the arrests occurred at Sharp’s residence. During the investigation leading up to the arrests, Sharp and McMackin allegedly sold Alpha-PVP to a confidential informant on several occasions during April while at Sharp’s residence.

The investigation into the source of the Alpha-PVP is ongoing and more arrests are expected, according to the release.

All four suspects will be arraigned today in Ironton Municipal Court.

Suspected drug activity can be reported to the drug task force anonymously at 740-534-5830