67 grams of black tar heroin seized in arrests


Officers seized 67 grams of tar heroin and, in the process, arrested two individuals in what was a multi-agency operation.

Jason M. Burgess, 44, of Ohio 139 in Portsmouth and Aaron S. Adams, 25, of North Avenue, Wheelersburg have been taken into custody and charged with possession of drugs, a felony of the first degree.

The arrests were made during a coordinated operation by the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force, the U.S. 23 Major Crimes Task Force, the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, and the Columbus Police Department.

At approximately 10:54 p.m. Wednesday, task force officers and deputies stopped a vehicle occupied by Burgess and Adams on Ohio 104 in the area of Ohio 762 in Pickaway County, Ohio. Officers seized approximately 67 grams of suspected tar heroin, which carries an estimated street value of $6,700.

Black tar heroin is a potent yet cheap form of heroin. Primarily produced in Mexico, it is found through America, Canada and parts of Europe. Black tar heroin is less refined than other heroin making it cheaper to produce and buy.

Burgess and Adams were placed in the Pickaway County Jail.

According to the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office and the Portsmouth Police Department, anyone wishing to leave drug information for the Southern Ohio Drug Task Force may call the Task Force tip line at 740-354-5656 or email [email protected]. All information will be kept confidential and anonymous.

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By Frank Lewis

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Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

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