Two men are under arrest following an undercover investigation into prescription drug trafficking.
Perry County Sheriff William Barker said the Sheriff’s Department and the Central Ohio Drug Task Force have been investigating Henry Eldridge for prescription drug sales since May of 2015. Officers believed Eldridge was selling Percocet, Xanax, and Vicodin that he purchased in bulk quantity from those receiving the pills legitimately.
On March 2 undercover officers arranged to meet Eldridge at the Perry County Library to sell him a bulk quantity of Vicodin. Eldridge and 51-year-old William Mullinex, also of New Lexington, met with the officer. Eldridge purchased 60 Vicodin for $200. Eldridge then sold pills to two people before he was stopped by agents and arrested.
Eldridge is being held at the Southeast Ohio Jail in Nelsonville on one count of Aggravated Possession, a third degree felony. He faces additional charges of Drug Possession and Trafficking once his case is presented to the Perry County Grand Jury.
Mullinex is also being held on one count of Aggravated Possession, a fifth degree felony.
The Crooksville Police Department assisted in the investigation. Additional suspects have been identified and their cases will be brought before the Perry County Grand Jury.