Athens County woman facing trafficking, other drug charges
ATHENS — A woman from The Plains was charged with drug trafficking after a traffic stop on Friday, the Athens County Sheriff said Monday.
The Criminal Interdiction Unit conducted the traffic stop on State Route 682 near Fourth Street where criminal indicators were present upon making contact with the driver, Shannon M. Dickens, 41, 22 E. Fourth St., The Plains, Sheriff Rodney Smith said. She had a suspended license and an active warrant for her arrest, he said.
Dickens admitted to having a meth “bubble” on her person, which was located and seized, Smith said. Dickens was then detained and the vehicle was searched, he said.
Deputies found an additional 15 grams of suspected methamphetamine and a large sum of money, Smith said. After further investigation, deputies obtained a search warrant for Dicken’s residence at 22 E. Fourth St., he said.
“The search warrant executed at 22 E. Fourth Street yielded additional narcotics including approximately 242 grams (8.5 ounces) of suspected methamphetamine, which is 80 times the bulk amount, 58 grams (2 ounces) of suspected fentanyl and 50 grams (1.75 ounces) of suspected heroin, which is 25 times the bulk amount. Between the traffic stop and search warrant, over $2,800 cash was seized for forfeiture,” Smith said. “It is worthy of being stated that a lethal dose of fentanyl is 2 milligrams. The seized amount of fentanyl, an extremely deadly drug, could potentially kill approximately 29,000 people. In 2019, the population of the City of Athens was reported as being 24,984. The estimated street value of all seized narcotics in this investigation is $57,400.”
Dickens was charged with three counts of trafficking in drugs and three counts of possession of drugs, felonies of the first degree, and one count of trafficking in drugs and one count of possession of drugs, felonies of the third degree.
Dickens was taken to the South Eastern Ohio Regional Jail. A bond of $500,000 is being requested in Athens County Municipal Court, Smith said.
“The safety of Athens County and its citizens will always be our No. 1 priority. We are dedicated to eradicating illegal narcotics within our county, one investigation at a time, and our efforts ramp with each investigation,” Smith said. “I have much admiration for our deputies and their unwavering dedication in making Athens County a safer place for all.”
Smith also thanked Meg Saunders, first assistant prosecutor of Athens County, for her assistance in the investigation.