Arrests made on heroin charges

MARIETTA – A Vincent man was arrested for the second time in less than a month Friday on a charge of heroin possession.

Michael Von Richards, 35, of 1365 McGill Road, Vincent, was previously arrested for possession of heroin on Jan. 29, but had been released on a personal recognizance bond.

He was arrested on a second possession charge Friday at a camping trailer in the 600 block of Charles Street.

Three other area residents were also arrested Friday for being involved or assisting with a heroin distribution ring Richards was allegedly operating out of a motel room in the 700 block of Pike Street in Marietta, according to a report from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators did not release the name of the motel.

Agents with the Washington County Major Crimes Task Force executed a search warrant at the motel room Friday after receiving information that Richards was selling heroin there. While agents were in the room, Samantha C. Lemon, 31, of 508 Sixth St., Marietta – an employee of the motel – arrived at the room.

Lemon told investigators she had been asked by Richards’ girlfriend, Abby Lynne Roach, 19, of 804 Fourth St., Marietta, to go to the room and remove any drug paraphernalia that had been left behind by Richards and Shawn Anthony Gill, 33, of 39504 Road Fork Road, Lower Salem.

She said Richards and Gill had rented the room for the past week. Lemon also said she was dating Gill and had warned he and Richards that task force agents were enroute to the room, allowing the pair to escape.

Lemon was arrested on a second-degree misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice.

Richards and Gill were located at a camper on Charles Street where Richards was arrested on a third-degree felony charge of possession of heroin.

Gill was arrested on a violation of parole related to a previous arrest for theft, according to the sheriff’s report.

Roach was located in the parking lot of a nearby grocery store and was arrested on a fifth-degree felony charge of heroin possession.

Richards, Gill, Lemon and Roach were transported to the Washington County Jail where they remained Sunday in lieu of bond pending an appearance in Marietta Municipal Court.