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Four facing drug charges in Athens County

ATHENS — Four people were arrested following an investigation into suspected drug trafficking by the Criminal Interdiction Units and Major Crimes Units in Athens County.

According to the Athens County Sheriff’s Department, during a search of 7 Beech Road, The Plains, deputies seized 23 grams of suspected heroin, suspected methamphetamine, digital scales, abuse instruments associated with the drugs, an amount of Schedule IV prescription narcotics including Xanax and Suboxone packaged for sale, a .380 handgun and two other firearms in the residence.

Ezekiel Smith, 29, of The Plains, was arrested on four active warrants for two counts of receiving stolen property, three counts of theft and one count of identity fraud.

According to the sheriff’s department, Smith also been charged with aggravated drug trafficking, a second-degree felony, aggravated drug trafficking, a fifth-degree felony, aggravated possession of drugs, a second-degree felony, aggravated possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and having weapons while under disability, a third-degree felony.

Brandie Swaro, 37, of The Plains, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear on a charge of illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia. According to the press release, Swaro also has been charged with complicity to drug trafficking, a second-degree felony.

James Howerton, 46, of The Plains, was arrested and has been charged with permitting drug abuse, a fifth-degree felony.

Andrea Woods, 26, of The Plains, was arrested on four active warrants for two counts of failure to appear on charges of aggravated possession of drugs and two counts of theft without consent.

All items seized are being sent to a laboratory for testing with additional charges pending those results, according to the sheriff’s department.

“I would like to thank the Criminal Interdiction Units and the Major Crimes Units for their continued effort in making our community, neighborhoods, and our citizens of Athens County safe,” said Athens County Sheriff Rodney Smith.

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