Two Marietta residents face felony charges after they were arrested for drug trafficking within 1000 feet of a school.
31-year-old Natalie Ann Benton and 24-year-old Morgan Blitz Wynn were arrested by Agents of the Ohio Organized Crimes Investigations Commission, Washington Morgan Noble Major Crimes Task Force.
According to a release, agents, with the assistance of the Marietta City Police Department, executed a search warrant at 111 North Hart Street Apt. 8, Marietta, regarding drugs on Thursday, January 26th.
Benton, who reportedly lives at that address, was found to be the only person at the apartment at the time of the search.
Agents recovered .52 grams of heroin and .25 grams of methamphetamine as well as digital scales, multiple syringes, snorting straws, multiple plastic baggies and burnt aluminum foil which are consistent with trafficking and use of drugs.
Benton, admitted to recently using methamphetamine and also told Agents where the drugs and drug paraphernalia were located.
While the search was taking place, Wynn pulled into a parking spot at 115 North Hart Street, Marietta, driving a Jeep Cherokee. Agents made contact with Wynn and placed him under arrest on an outstanding warrant for fleeing and eluding out of the Marietta City Police Department.
K9 Officer McClelland arrived and walked his drug sniffing canine around the vehicle with an immediate indication noted. Agents found 19.25 grams of methamphetamine in a plastic case inside the vehicle. Wynn was also in possession of $307 cash, a drug ledger, digital scales and a loaded Colt Mustang handgun, which was on the passenger seat.
Benton was transported to the Washington County Jail where she was charged with one third degree felony count of trafficking of a schedule II drug, methamphetamine, within 1000 feet of a school, and one fourth degree felony count of trafficking of heroin a schedule I drug.
Wynn was transported to the Washington County Jail and was charged with a first degree felony trafficking in methamphetamine within 1000 feet of a school and improper transportation of a firearm in a vehicle, a felony of the fourth degree.
The Washington Morgan Noble Major Crimes Task Force is part of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Organized Crime Investigation Commission and is comprised of representatives of Post 84 of the Ohio State Highway Patrol; Washington, Morgan and Noble County Sheriff’s Offices; the Marietta, Belpre and McConnelsville Police Departments; and the Washington, Morgan and Noble County Prosecutor’s Office.
Both Wynn and Benton remain without bond in the Washington County Jail until their initial appearance in Marietta Municipal Court.