Monday, June 16, 2014

Tip results in Vinton County arrests

Emzy Mullins
MCARTHUR – Several suspects were arrested on drug-related charges June 12 at a Murphy Road residence.  According to the Vinton County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were acting on a tip regarding four subjects wanted in connection with alleged crimes in Athens and Jackson counties.

According to a media release Deputies arrived at 37143 Murphy Rd. in McArthur and after receiving permission from Emzy Mullins, 57, McArthur, conducted a search of the premises.  The search uncovered alleged drugs and paraphernalia including a brown tar substance , believed to be heroin and a bag of so-called bath salts.

Bath salts describe a wide variety of street drugs and can contain a cathinone, methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), methylone or mephedrone. The drug can be swallowed, snorted, smoked, or injected and the effects can range from headaches to hallucinations and paranoia.

Taken into custody were Mullins, Scott A. Kight, 30, of McArthur and Rashella Nickells, 30, also of McArthur. A fourth suspect, Sharon K. Slutcher, 30, of Columbus, was found hiding in a closet.

Mullins is charged with complicity and is being held in the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail, SEORJ, on $2,000 bail. Nickells had arrest warrants outstanding from Athens County, while Kight was wanted in Jackson County.

The suspected drug items were sent to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation Lab for further processing.  The investigation has been forwarded to the Vinton County Prosecuting Attorney for review.

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