Special News Release 1 Apr 2022

On 31 Mar 2022 Agents with the Major Crimes Task Force conducted a search warrant at 630 Pearl Street Extension, City of Marietta, Washington County, OH, arresting five individuals on drug charges.

Agents located Richard Dean Bailey, Shyheim Marquise Terrell Starr, Samantha Jo Kuhn, Shani Lashala Barry, and Derek Allen Harris inside the residence.

During the search, agents located a safe containing a pill bottle with a baggie of suspected methamphetamine.  A separate plastic baggie of methamphetamine was located, along with drug scales, and a loaded Ruger LCP .380 firearm.  This portion of drugs was later weighed, totaling 43.51 grams.

Shani Barry was sitting at the kitchen table, where a plate with a debit/credit card and an immeasurable amount of suspected fentanyl, was located.

While agents were making entry into the residence, Shyheim Starr was observed running from a bedroom into the rear of the home.  Agents entered a bathroom where a toilet was being flushed, and detained Shyheim Starr.   Starr was found to have $1315 currency on his person, in small denominations, indicative to drug trafficking.

Further investigation revealed the home had a septic system that was full. Agents traced the sewer pipe to the basement, where they were able to cut the line (with the assistance of Marietta City personnel) and located, what appeared to be, suspected baggies of drugs in the line stopped by the blockage.  The suspected fentanyl removed from the sewer line was weighed, finding it to weigh 97.36 grams with packaging.

Derek Harris and Samantha Kuhn were located in a small bedroom.  A small baggie of suspected methamphetamine was located under the couch (where they were sitting) and weighed .73 grams.  Kuhn’s purse contained a plastic baggie with a white powdery substance. This substance was weighed, totaling 4.48 grams.

As a result of the investigation, the following arrests were made.

Shani Barry, age 30, 1029 Lawton Street, Akron, OH, was charged with possession of drugs, a felony of the 5th degree.

Derek Harris, age 33, 151 Chateau Hill, Parkersburg, WV, was charged with possession of drugs, a felony of the 5th degree. 

Shyheim Starr, age 26, 947 Haynes Street, Akron, OH, was charged with tampering with evidence, a felony of the 3rd degree, trafficking in drugs, a felony of the 1st degree, and weapons under disability, a felony of the 3rd degree.

Richard Bailey, age 65, 630 Pearl Street, Marietta, OH, was charged with trafficking in drugs, a felony of the 2nd degree.

Samantha Kuhn, age 31, 9390 State Route 550, Vincent, OH, was charged with possession of drugs, a felony of the 4th degree.

All subjects appeared in Marietta Municipal Court on 1 Apr 2022. 

Shani Barry was released on her own recognizance.

Richard Bailey is being held on $27,750 bond.   

Shyheim Starr is being held on $75,000 bond.

Derek Harris is being held on $2,500 bond.

Samantha Kuhn is being held on $2,000 and PR bond.

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