MARIETTA, Ohio (WTAP) - U.S. Attorney for the southern district of Ohio Benjamin Glassman announced three indictments against alleged drug dealers in Marietta and Washington county Wednesday.
Law enforcement officials joined Glassman for the announcement at the Major crimes task force office in downtown Marietta.
The investigation was a collective effort from local, state and federal agencies which involved the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), Marietta Police, Washington County Sheriffs Office, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost's Organzied Crime Investigations Commission (OCIC), the Washington-Morgan-Noble Major Crimes Task Force and more.
"Whether you're from Marietta and dealing drugs in Washington County," Glassman said, "you're from Columbus and trying to deal drugs down here in Washington county, or anywhere else in southeastern Ohio, there is no safe haven for you here."
Andrew Lee McCarty is facing up to 20 years in prison for conspiracy and illegal distribution of methamphetamine, heroin and fentanyl.
Darren Edwards is charged for possession and distribution of more than 50 grams of meth, while Darren Dunkle was also charged with possession and distribution of meth. Both men face at least five years but up to 40 years in prison.
"Those were big time players," Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said, "and I was really pleased to see the feds, the federal government taking an interest in it."
Glassman also added that he understands these dealers' actions have led to the loss of countless lives to overdose and addiction.
"I want families of victims to know that the United States cares," he said, "as clearly as the state of Ohio, Washington county and Marietta law enforcement and we are doing everything we can to achieve justice for those victims."
Glassman went on to commend the efforts of all of the various agencies saying it will take a united law enforcement front to help end this drug epidemic.