Arrests Made Following Multi-Agency Drug Investigation

Arrests Made Following Multi-Agency Drug Investigation

LETART TOWNSHIP, Ohio – A multi-agency investigation has led to several arrests and the discovery of alleged drugs.

According to the Meigs County Sheriff Keith O. Wood, in the early morning hours of Sunday, August 15, 2021 the Major Crimes Task Force executed multiple search warrants in Letart Township. The search warrants are the result of a lengthy investigation into drug trafficking coming from a residence on State Route 124 near Tanners Run Road and the second residence being on Bucktown Road. 

Both search warrants were executed simultaneously at a residence on Bucktown Road in Racine and State Route 124 in Racine. According to a statement from Sheriff Wood, upon successful execution of the search warrants, Task Force Agents located a large quantity of methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, crack cocaine, and prescription drugs. The Major Crimes Task Force was assisted by the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and the Racine Police Department in executing both search warrants.

Items confiscated during the execution of search warrants in a multi-agency investigation. Submitted photo.

Taken into custody at the scenes were Byron Kent Peaks AKA “Tony”, 56, of Dayton, Katelyn Nicole Loos, 29, of Stockport, and Mark Allan Compson, 60, of Racine. Katelyn Loos is facing charges of possession of heroin, possession of methamphetamine and possession of fentanyl, all felonies of the fourth degree. 

Peaks and Compson are both facing similar charges and are as follows:

  • Possession of heroin, felony of the second degree
  • Possession of methamphetamine, a felony of the second degree
  • Possession of fentanyl, a felony of the second degree
  • Possession of crack cocaine, a felony of the fourth degree
  • Having weapons while under a disability, a felony of the third degree

“Mr. Peaks will have quite a bit of time on his hands now to think about how his plan of coming into Meigs County from Dayton and getting rich off of our local addicts has failed him,” stated Sheriff Wood. “We aregoing to arrest every last one of you that are dealing drugs in our community if that’s what it’s going to take to make you get with our program. Remember that before you bring your drugs into our county.”

The Washington, Morgan, Noble, Monroe and Meigs Major Crimes Task Force is part of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost’s Organized Crime Investigation Commission and is comprised of representatives of Post 84 of the Ohio State Highway Patrol; Washington, Monroe, Morgan, Noble and Meigs County Sheriff’s Offices; the Marietta, Belpre, Middleport and McConnelsville Police Departments; and the Washington, Morgan, Noble and Meigs County Prosecutor’s Office’s.

One of the residences searched during the multi-agency investigation. Submitted photo.
Another location searched by law enforcement. Submitted photo.