MERCER COUNTY, Ohio (WANE) - Police seized more than an ounce of heroin and arrested 12 people on Wednesday following a drug investigation in Mercer County, Ohio.
According to police, deputies searched the home of James Prater, 23, of Celina, after being granted a search warrant. During the search, deputies seized around 22 grams of heroin, various drug paraphernalia, a 22 caliber FIE Tex revolver, 40 rounds of 9 MM ammunition, three digital scales, $62 in cash, and three partial bottles with various pills inside. Police arrested Prater and Krista Hromish, 23, of Celina following the search.
Police also searched 632 Grove Street Apt. 5 in Celina after they were granted permission from the owners. Police said they seized around five grams of heroin, various drug paraphernalia, digital scales, a pill bottle with various pills inside, two glass bongs, and several glass pipes during the search. Officers arrested Juanita Ginter, 36, of Celina, and Joseph Hammond, 26, of Celina, at the scene.
Deputies said they also seized two grams of heroin that was on Kerry Howell, 24, of Celina.
In all, police seized 29 grams of heroin, over one ounce, which is an estimated street value of $2,900 to $4,000.
Police arrested the following people:
- James Prater, 23, of Celina, Ohio, faces three counts of Trafficking in Heroin, all felonies, and one count of Trafficking in Heroin, also a felony.
- Krista Hromish, 23, of Celina, Ohio, faces three counts of Trafficking in Heroin.
- Crystal Brock, 22, of Celina, Ohio, faces one count of Possession of Methamphetamine, a felony. Brock was arrested on April 5, 2013.
- Douglas Gilliland, 24, currently in the Mercer County Detention Facility, faces three counts of Trafficking in Drugs (Hydrocodone Schedule III Controlled Substance), all felonies.
- Jennifer Woods, 22, of Celina, Ohio, faces one count of Trafficking in Drugs (Buprenorphine Schedule III Controlled Substance), a felony, two counts of Trafficking in Drugs (Buprenorphine Schedule III Controlled Substance), all felonies. Woods is currently incarcerated at the Auglaize County Jail on unrelated charges.
- Kerry Howell, 24, of Celina, Ohio, faces three counts of Trafficking in Heroin, all felonies.
- Caroline Gilliland, 50, of Celina, Ohio, faces two counts of Trafficking in Drugs (Hydrocodone Schedule III Controlled Substance), both felonies.
- Joseph Hammond, 26, of Celina, Ohio, faces one count of Trafficking in Heroin, a felony, and two counts of Trafficking in Heroin, both felonies.
- Juanita Ginter, 36, of Celina, Ohio, faces three counts of Trafficking in Heroin, all felonies and one count of Trafficking in Heroin, a felony.
- Cindy Maxwell, 31, of Celina, Ohio, faces three counts of Trafficking in Heroin, all felonies.
- Joshua Bensing, 28, of Celina Ohio, faces one count of Trafficking in Marijuana, a felony and two counts of Trafficking in Marijuana, both felonies.
- George Darland, 20, is currently in the Mercer County Adult Detention Facility. He faces one count of Offenses Involving Counterfeit Controlled Substance, a felony, and one count of Offenses Involving Unapproved Drugs, also a felony. Police said Darland was arrested in Allen County and transported to Mercer County.
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