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Four arrested in large heroin bust in Scioto County

Aug. 04, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio -- Four people have been arrested in what is believed to be the largest single seizure of heroin ever to take place in Scioto County, according to a news release from the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force.

Task force members and Ohio state parks officers seized nearly 500 grams of heroin Thursday. The heroin has a street value of about $74,000. Officers also seized about $12,000 in cash from property located in West Portsmouth, according to Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini and Portsmouth Police Chief Robert Ware.

As part of an investigation, Phillip T. Hanson-Bass of Dayton was arrested along with Robert C. Woods Jr., 24, also of Dayton. During a search of the vehicle driven by Hanson-Bass, authorities found a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic handgun along with more than $1,000 in cash.

They were charged with trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin and having a weapon while under disability. They were lodged in the Scioto County Jail in Portsmouth in lieu of $515,000 bond.

A second traffic stop led to the arrest of Ryan L. Starks, 21, and Sashia M. Woods, 28, both of the 1300 block of 17th Street, Portsmouth, on charges of trafficking in heroin and possession of heroin. Evidence tying the two to the heroin stash was found in the vehicle, according to the release.

The arrests were made with the assistance of the Adams County sheriff's office and West Union police, according to the release.

Suspected illegal substances and $800 in cash were confiscated with their arrest, according to the release. Both were being held in the Scioto County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond each.

State park officers notified drug task force officials Thursday afternoon that a large amount of heroin and cash had been located on Ohio Department of Natural Resources property, according to the release.

The investigation is ongoing.

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