Two people, Josh Rhoden and John McJunkin arrested on drug charges


By Frank Lewis - flewis@civitasmedia.com



When you see the name Rhoden on a report from the Pike County Sheriff’s Office, chances are it sends up a red flag after last years execution style murders of eight members of the Rhoden family, but although evidence in a drug case involving Josh Rhoden, 38, was discovered over the course of the ongoing investigation into last year’s multiple homicides, the case is unrelated.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader today announced the arrests of Rhoden and John McJunkin, 63, in connection with an ongoing drug investigation in Pike County.

Search warrants were served on both suspects’ homes on Grassy Fork Road in Peebles where more than $8,000 in cash was seized, along with an estimated $7,700 in prescription pills, nine guns, and a small amount of marijuana.

Authorities arrested Rhoden and McJunkin on a felony charge of possession of drugs.

DeWine said, although evidence in the case was discovered over the course of the ongoing investigation into last year’s killings of eight members of the Rhoden family, the case is unrelated to the homicides.

The case is under investigation by the Pike County Sheriff’s Office and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, in coordination with Pickaway County Sheriff Robert Radcliff, Ross County Sheriff George Lavender Jr., and the U.S. 23 Pipeline Major Crimes Task Force.

Assistance was also provided by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Pike County Probation Department.

Reader and DeWine continue to ask anyone with information on the ongoing homicide investigation call 1-855-BCI-OHIO (224-6446) or the Pike County Sheriff’s Office at 740-947-2111.

By Frank Lewis

flewis@civitasmedia.com

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