Search Warrant leads to Three Zanesville Individuals in Custody after finding Crack Cocaine and more

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MUSKINGUM COUNTY, Ohio- Three Zanesville men were taken into custody Tuesday afternoon after a search warrant was executed at 255 Mead Street. 

In a combined effort from the Muskingum County, Zanesville City Joint Drug Unit, Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force, Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office and Zanesville Police Department, the teams executed a search warrant at a Zanesville residence.

Members of the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team and Zanesville Police Department Special Response Team took the three individuals from the residence and a camper behind the house into custody yesterday.

They are being held in the Zanesville City Jail and are currently on an investigation bond.

Detectives with the Muskingum County/Zanesville City Joint Drug Unit and CODE Task Force searched and found a large amount of crack cocaine, packaging material, manufacturing equipment and paraphernalia along with a loaded stolen handgun and over $7,000 in cash.

“There was a considerable amount of cocaine in the house. We would consider it a F1 amount,” Zanesville Police Chief Tony Coury said.

“I get a little tired hearing about drugs being nonviolent. Why are we worried about drugs, they’re not violent? Well, here we go again. We do another search warrant and we find another stolen gun. They’re not stealing that gun to sit it on their coffee table and look at it. They are stealing that gun to show it, point it at somebody or to use it. Not only did we get crack cocaine off the streets, but we got another stolen gun off the streets,” Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said.

Lutz said the teams involved have been working on this investigation for a while. Enough information was gathered to serve the search warrant yesterday. As the forces scoped out the property yesterday, a lot of traffic and activity took place at the residence.

“In our investigations and drug investigations, you deal with drugs in Muskingum County and Zanesville. It’s not if we’re coming, it’s when we’re coming. We will be coming,” Coury said.

The investigation is still ongoing and formal charges will be filed at a later date. 

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