Traffic stop yields multiple drug arrests

MARIETTA – A traffic stop in Marietta on Sunday resulted in the arrests of two men and two women on multiple felony drug charges.

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said through investigative means, agents of the Major Crimes Task Force learned a vehicle enroute back to Marietta from Columbus was possibly ferrying drugs.

After the driver of the vehicle, Shawn A. Williams, 23, 969 E. Mound St., Columbus, committed a traffic violation, a Marietta Police Department officer conducted a traffic stop. While Williams was issued a citation for driving under a suspended license, a canine indicated the presence of drugs in the vehicle.

In an effort to explain the canine indication, the front seat passenger, Brittany M. Martin, 28, 100A Linwood Ave., Marietta, immediately stated she had been smoking marijuana prior to the stop. The registered owner of the vehicle, Jessica Biehl, 19, 129 Arrow Drive, Marietta, was seated in the back seat along with Raphael V. Pollard, 23, 1898 Hulmal St., Columbus.

All of the occupants of the vehicle stated they were returning from Columbus.

During a search of the vehicle’s trunk, agents, deputies and officers discovered an Ajax can with a false compartment. Inside the hidden compartment were 27.95 grams of heroin, 5.06 grams of crack cocaine, four MDMA pills and a small amount of marijuana.

Mincks said the false compartment on the Ajax can was fashioned in a manner that left the can useable, in that a person could sprinkle Ajax from the container. Agents also located a loaded .380 handgun inside of the trunk. All four occupants of the vehicle claimed to have no knowledge of the items in the trunk.

Mincks said all four occupants were charged with a second-degree felony count of possession of heroin, a fourth-degree felony count of possession of crack cocaine and a fifth-degree felony count of possession of MDMA. The suspects remained incarcerated in the Washington County Jail without bond pending their initial court appearance today in Marietta Municipal Court.