Marietta drug raids result in four arrests

MARIETTA — Four Marietta residents were arrested Thursday in two separate drug raids in city residences.

An investigation by Agents of the Ohio Organized Crimes Investigations Commission, Washington Morgan Noble Major Crimes Task Force resulted in a search warrant executed at 304 Kenwood Ave., Marietta, according to a release from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

In the home were residents Amelia Marie Torres, 28, and Matthew James Dagnesi, 30. When agents attempted to place Dagnesi in handcuffs, he immediately began resisting and had to be taken to the floor, police said.

Once on the floor he continued to fight and refused to give his hands, attempting to conceal what was later determined to be a cell phone. He was eventually handcuffed and taken into custody, police said.

During the search, agents located a small baggie of an unknown white powder on the dresser (2.30g), digital scales, multiple 1 inch square plastic baggies and hundreds of syringes all on the third floor, police said. Agents then located $1,000 cash, 85.05 grams of suspected methamphetamine, 18.21 grams of suspected heroin, 10.02 grams of an unknown white powder and five 1-gram baggies of an unknown powder. The cash and drugs had been thrown into the open end of a drop ceiling, police said.

While being questioned, Torres advised that she was aware that Dagnesi was selling heroin from their residence, police said. Torres allegedly admitted that she was also using heroin on a daily basis and that she was aware of Dagnesi’s trafficking of drugs.

Agents also located a loaded 9mm pistol and a spare loaded magazine inside of a small safe under a baby crib in the finished attic. Four boxes of 9mm ammo were also located in the second floor bedroom. Dagnesi has a prior felony conviction in New York for criminal sale of a controlled substance, police said.

Dagnesi was transported to the Washington County Jail where he was charged with trafficking heroin and meth, both second-degree felonies, tampering with evidence and having weapons under disability, both third-degree felonies, and resisting arrest, a second-degree misdemeanor.

Torres was transported to the Washington County Jail where she was charged with permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony.

A second search warrant was executed Thursday at 300 Ridgewood Drive, Apt. B, with Nick Losey Jr., 24, Samantha Losey, 23, and two young children inside the apartment.

Upon searching the residence, agents said they found a plastic bag containing 1.1 grams of heroin in the trash can in the kitchen area. Nick indicated that he placed the bag of heroin in the trash when agents came to the door, police said. Also found were several uncapped syringes, a digital scale, a magazine that had paper folds cut out from it (used to package heroin), cotton swab tips with heroin residue and a spoon with a cotton swab tip on it lying on the kitchen counter and stove.

In the master bedroom area, several other syringes were found uncapped lying on the dresser top. One of which appeared to contain blood inside the barrel of the syringe from a recent use, police said.

Both Nick and Samantha admitted to using heroin while inside the residence, police said.

During a recorded interview, Samantha admitted to detectives, she was aware Nick was selling heroin from the apartment with children present, police said.

Nick Losey was transported to the Washington County Jail where he was charged with trafficking in heroin, a third-degree felony, and endangering children, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Samantha Losey was transported to the Washington County Jail where she was charged with permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony, and endangering children, a first-degree misdemeanor.

The Washington Morgan Noble Major Crimes Task Force is part of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Organized Crime Investigation Commission and is comprised of representatives of Post 84 of the Ohio State Highway Patrol; Washington, Morgan and Noble County Sheriff’s Offices; the Marietta, Belpre and McConnelsville Police Departments; and the Washington, Morgan and Noble County Prosecutor’s Office.

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