This Letart Township residence has been the site of repeated drug activity according to law enforcement. Submitted photo.

Major Crimes Task Force Makes Multiple Arrests on Drug Charges

RACINE, Ohio – Arrests have been made following an investigation into alleged drug activity.

According to Meigs County Sheriff Keith O. Wood, in the late night-time hours of Wednesday, February 9, 2022 the Major Crimes Task Force executed a search warrant at a residence on Bucktown Road in Letart Township after an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking at the residence. The Major Crimes Task Force previously executed two other search warrants at the same residence on August 15, 2021 and October 29, 2021 however drug trafficking has continued at the residence according to law enforcement.

The execution of the search warrant was conducted by the Major Crimes Task Force. According to Sheriff Wood, Once entry was made into the residence Task Force Agents located a large amount of heroin, prescription drugs, cash, drug abuse instruments, and a loaded handgun.

Taken into custody at the scene was Darnell Evans AKA “Frankie”, 19, of Dayton, Ohio. Evans was transported to the Middleport Jail awaiting his arraignment in Meigs County Court on charges of Trafficking in Drugs, a felony of the second degree and Possession of Drugs, also a felony of the second degree. Also arrested at the scene was Mark Compson, 61, of Racine; Shawn Carmichael, 34, of Racine; and Terri Carmichael, 64, of Racine. All three suspects were charged with Permitting Drug Abuse, a felony of the fifth degree. They are all currently being housed at the Middleport Jail. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

According to the statement from Sheriff Wood, it is the intent of the Major Crimes Task Force and Meigs County Prosecutor James Stanley to file for forfeiture of the residence located at 22688 Bucktown Road, Racine, Ohio due to the continued drug trafficking occurring at the residence.

Sheriff Keith Wood would like to thank his Deputies, the Major Crimes Task Force, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Racine Police Department, Syracuse Police Department, Pomeroy Police Department, and Meigs County EMS for their hard work and assistance at the scene.

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.