Athens County authorities arrest Nelsonville man on felony drug charges

HURST(Athens County Sheriff)
Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 11:01 PM EST
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

NELSONVILLE, Ohio (WTAP) - A Nelsonville man was arrested on felony drug charges after Athens County deputies executed a search warrant in the 100 block of West Canal Street in Nelsonville, Ohio.

Sheriff Rodney Smith says “persons” tried to flee the scene when authorities arrived, but they were quickly detained.

During their search, deputies found 137 grams of suspected methamphetamine, which according to Sheriff Smith, is 45 times the “bulk” amount.

Most of the suspected meth was found on the roof of a shed. Officers say it ended up there after being tossed by a suspect in an attempt to hide evidence.

Authorities also seized suspected heroin, digital scales, packaging material and other paraphernalia during their search.

Barry Dean Hurst, age 47, of Nelsonville, was arrested for trafficking in drugs and possession, both second degree felonies. He is also being charged with tampering with evidence, a third degree felony.

More charges are likely pending laboratory test results.

“I am extremely proud of the continuous efforts of the deputies working together to make our communities within Athens County safer. While we realize that our work will never be finished, we will not let up with our efforts to bring criminals and drug dealers to justice. A special “thank-you” to Nelsonville Police Chief, Scott Fitch, for your collaboration during this incident,” said Smith.

Smith says a lengthy investigation into suspected drug trafficking led up to Wednesday’s search. His office’s Special Response Team and Criminal Interdiction Units were involved in the search’s execution.

K9 BORA(Athens County Sheriff)

Copyright 2020 WTAP. All rights reserved.