A couple living at a home on East Third Street in Washington had been trafficking in illegal drugs for some time, narcotics investigators allege.
Officers with the Franklin County Narcotics Enforcement Unit served a search warrant Thursday morning at the home in the 1500 block of East Third and seized a variety of drugs, Detective Sgt. Jason Grellner, head of the task force, told The Missourian.
One person, a 33-year-old white female, was taken into custody. She was held overnight and was expected to be released Friday pending analysis of evidence and a decision on issuing felony drug charges.
Officers are searching for a 34-year-old white male suspect who lived at the home, Grellner said.
Names of the suspects were not released because they have not been charged in the investigation.
“Our officers went to the house early Thursday morning as part of a follow-up investigation and they were met at the door by a female,” Grellner said. When the woman opened the door, the officers were “almost overwhelmed” by a strong odor of marijuana, he said.
The woman admitted to smoking marijuana that morning and to using methamphetamine earlier in the week, the detective said.
She became combative and it took three officers to subdue her, he noted.
Inside the home, officers seized approximately 7 1/2 pounds of high-grade marijuana, believed to have been brought here from the West Coast, Grellner said, along with about an ounce of hallucinogenic mushrooms and small amounts of crystal methamphetamine.
Also seized was paraphernalia to use and distribute meth, he noted, $1,700 in cash and “honey oil,” a concentrated marijuana extract, and some E-cigarettes which are used to smoke the oil.
There also was evidence of a marijuana growing operation in the home.
Grellner estimated the street value of the marijuana seized to be anywhere from $20,000 to $40,000.
The task force obtained probable cause for the search warrant following an “investigative action” conducted Monday, Feb. 17, Grellner said.
“Neighbors had been complaining about the high amount of traffic at the home,” Grellner said.
Those complaints and an ongoing investigation of the couple by the task force culminated in the search warrant being issued.
Grellner said the task force had been investigating the couple and their activities for several months.
The couple had been living in Washington for about the last four years, he said.
The couple’s 5-year-old son was taken into protective custody at the end of the school day Thursday. The child was later placed with relatives, Grellner said.