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3 arrested on drug charges in Hancock County

NEW CUMBERLAND — Three people have been arrested in connection with an investigation into suspected drug trafficking, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.

According to information released Wednesday afternoon, members of the Hancock-Brooke-Weirton Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, on Tuesday, completed their investigation into the alleged drug distribution, resulting in two search warrants issued for locations in Newell, as well as a warrant in Liverpool Township in Ohio.

Approximately half a kilogram of crystal methamphetamine, with a street value of approximately $100,000, was seized, along with a firearm, according to the sheriff’s department.

While no names were announced, the sheriff’s department said charges include felony offenses of distribution of crystal methamphetamine and possession with intent to deliver crystal methamphetamine.

In addition to Tuesday’s arrest, the sheriff’s department released additional information connected with a multi-week investigation into alleged trafficking of crystal meth in New Cumberland.

In that investigation, the sheriff’s department said charges of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver have been filed against Harley Gill of Wellsville; Sabrina Criswell of New Cumberland; Phillip Haglock of Weirton; Jeremy Hawkenberry of Newell and Patrick Mayhew of New Cumberland.

In addition to the Task Force and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department, agencies involved in Tuesday’s arrests were the West Virginia State Police, East Liverpool Police Department, Liverpool Township Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Youngstown office.

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