Three arrested in Barnesville drug bust

BARNESVILLE — Three people were arrested on various drug-related charges, including trafficking, after police served a search warrant in Barnesville on Thursday.

According to the Barnesville Police Department, a search warrant resulting from an extensive multi-agency investigation was executed at a Brill Street residence after “critical information” was shared by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

As a result of the search warrant, three people were taken into custody upon the discovery of “large amounts” of both suspected methamphetamine and suspected fentanyl.

∫ Joshua Haslam, 39, of Woodfield was charged with drug trafficking in fentanyl and trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of fentanyl and possession of methamphetamine;

∫ Chad Anderson, 41, of Barnesville was charged with complicity to both drug trafficking and drug possession;

∫ Jaran Whittington, 21, of Paden City, West Virginia, was charged with complicity to both drug trafficking and drug possession.

All three remained lodged in the Belmont County Jail as of Friday afternoon. Haslam is being held in lieu of a $26,000 bond, and both Anderson and Whittington are each being held in lieu of a $20,000 bond.

Police Chief Rocky F. Sirianni praised his team as well as the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

He indicated that his department was missing a piece of the puzzle needed to move forward with this investigation, and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office had that piece. Sirianni stated in a news release that the result of the bust shows the importance of information sharing among law enforcement agencies and that without the assistance from Monroe County, his investigators would not have had the warrant needed to conduct the search. He stated that he is grateful for the cooperation and assistance his agency receives from neighboring agencies.

“The department will forever work hard to keep the community safe and bring wrongdoers to justice,” Sirianni stated in the release.


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