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A Washington Court House woman has been indicted by a Fayette County grand jury for allegedly trafficking heroin at 912 Willard Street.

Brittany J. Staats, 28, of 912 Willard St., is facing charges of trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin, and possession of criminal tools.

On May 16, members of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Washington C.H. Police Department, and the U.S. 23 Major Crimes Task Force served the drug-related search warrant. According to Sheriff Vernon Stanforth, sheriff’s detectives obtained and executed the search warrant following an investigation into drug trafficking from the home.

The Sheriff’s Tactically Armed Response Team (S.T.A.R.) entered and secured multiple subjects inside the residence, Stanforth said. Another suspect was secured near the rear door entrance of the home.

Two small children were also located inside the home at the time the search warrant was served.

“During the search of the residence, detectives recovered a substantial amount of a substance presumptively identified as heroin, articles of drug paraphernalia, and a small amount of U.S. currency,” Stanforth said. “All subjects at the residence were identified and searched.”

Three people were arrested at the scene and taken to the Fayette County Jail. Along with Staats, the other two individuals arrested were: Nicole M. Cain, 35, of Columbus, charged with possession of dangerous drugs; and Devin A. Byrd, 22, of 912 1/2 Willard St., charged with a probation violation.

Also assisting with the search warrant operation were members of the Fayette County Common Pleas Court Adult Probation and the Washington Court House Municipal Court Probation Department.

The same home at 912 Willard Street was also raided by the FCSO on Jan. 17 of this year. Detectives searched the home and reportedly found heroin, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and an undisclosed amount of cash.

William R. Ferguson was arrested that day and was later sentenced to four years in prison for trafficking heroin within 1,000 feet of a school.

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