Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission

Special News Release 17 Aug 18

An investigation by Agents of the Ohio Organized Crimes Investigations Commission, Washington Morgan Noble Major Crimes Task Force resulted in the execution of a search warrant and arrest within 1000 feet of a school in Newport, Ohio.

On 17 Aug 18 Agents executed a search warrant at 25 Maple Street, Apartment 2, Newport, Ohio. Upon making entry into the residence Agents located Reed Mason Byers and a female. Agents searched the residence and located 7 individual bags of suspected methamphetamine, a schedule II controlled substance, totaling 17.76 grams. The bulk amount on a schedule II controlled substance is 3 grams.

Agents also located 10 firearms, a set of digital scales, and a plastic pill bottle containing a brown powder consistent with heroin. The weight of the pill bottle including the suspected heroin is 57.04 grams.

Verification through the Washington County Tax Map Office verified 25 Maple Street Apartment 2, Newport, is 852 feet from Newport Elementary School.

The suspected methamphetamine was field tested and the results were positive for methamphetamine.

Reed Mason Byers, age 25, 25 Maple Street, Apt. 2, Newport, was placed under arrest for trafficking methamphetamine in an amount greater than or equal to five times bulk but less than fifty times bulk with in the vicinity of a school, 1st degree felony.

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