Three arrested on drug charges

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Criminal Interdiction Unit arrested three people Thursday for alleged drug offenses.

The arrests were the result of a traffic stop on Ohio 7 near Belmont County Road 4.

According to the Belmont County Sheriff’s Department, K-9 Copper was deployed and detected an odor of narcotics. Deputies performed a search and located methamphetamines, pills and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.

As a result, Leslie Hancher-Palmer, 30, of Rayland was arrested on charges of possession of and trafficking in drugs, as well as illegal conveyance of drugs onto the grounds of a detention center. David Hancher-Palmer, 32, of Rayland was arrested on charges of drug paraphernalia and possession of drug abuse instruments.

Christopher Richards, 40, of Dillonvale, was arrested on a felony fugitive from justice warrant for breaking and entering and for a possession of drugs charge from Thursday.

All three were in the Belmont County Jail on Friday.


Today's breaking news and more in your inbox

I'm interested in (please check all that apply)


Starting at $4.75/week.

Subscribe Today