Racine drug bust leads to two arrests

By Lindsay Kriz - [email protected]

RACINE — Two people have been arrested after a drug bust in Racine last month.

Bruce Fleming, 59 and Laurel Hazelette, 55, were both arrested after a raid by both Meigs County Sheriff’s Office they and the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commissions Major Crimes Task Force of Gallia-Meigs

The group conducted a search warrant at their home, located at 47360 Horse Cave Road in Racine. While conducting their search police found 48.6 grams of heroin, 50.7 grams of crack cocaine, an unspecified amount of marijuana and 947 oxycodone pills. Police also discovered an indoor operation location for marijuana and $28,618 in cash was discovered next to illegal narcotics inside a safe.

Police also discovered eight firearms, and one was entered into the National Crime Information Center Database, which showed that the gun had been stolen from Columbus, Ohio.

Both are currently incarcerated and charged with possession of drugs, which is a first degree felony. The Sheriff’s Department said that once the case is presented to a grand jury more charges may be possible. The Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commissions Major Crimes Task Force is part of the Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine’s office, which was formed September 2013, the Task Force consists of members of the Meigs County Sheriffs Office, Middleport Police Department, Gallia County Sheriff’s Office and the Gallipolis City Police Department.

Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood emphasized the county’s anti-drug policy.

“The planning of this case has been very clear that we will follow our mission of closing down the drug problem,” he said. “The Major Crimes Task Force of Gallia-Meigs works very hard to be successful in shutting down the drug dealers in our communities. These cases continue to support our efforts to move forward and protect the citizens of Meigs and Gallia Counties.”

Other members of the task force include Middleport Police Chief Bruce Swift and Meigs County Prosecutor Colleen Williams, who both shared Woods’ sentiments.

“It’s essential in our fight against the drug epidemic in Meigs County to knock out the source of the drug trade,” Williams said. “A large bust, as in the Fleming case takes out a large amount of the drug supply from the streets, and in the end the goal is to remove the suppliers from our area.”

Swift also praised the work done by officials.

“This case demonstrates the hard work and dedication of our task force,” he said. “Seizures such as this one will help stem the flow of these illegal narcotics that are flooding our communities and surrounding areas. The member agencies of our Task Force along with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office remain committed to this fight to better the communities that we serve.”

Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-992-2155 EXT. 2555.



By Lindsay Kriz

[email protected]