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Recent indictments a result of traffic stops, alleged drug violations in the vicinity of children

Last updated: July 04. 2014 6:13PM - 10103 Views
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A Leesburg man could be facing more charges after he was allegedly found with heroin when he was arrested on an indictment following Tuesday’s grand jury session.


Ryan A. Hurst, 23, was charged with two counts of trafficking in heroin and two counts of possession of heroin, all fifth-degree felonies, in the July session of a Highland County grand jury.


According to Highland County Sheriff Richard Warner, officers performed a traffic stop on Hurst and arrested him on the indictment on Tuesday. But at the time of the stop, Hurst was found to be in possession of 65 capsules of heroin. The case is pending further investigation and lab results, Warner said.


The sheriff’s office released details Thursday from the arrest of four other individuals who were indicted earlier in the week.


Kyle M. Ross, 24, of Hillsboro, was charged as the result of another traffic stop.


His indictment on charges of trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin and a forfeiture specification were the result of a June 10 traffic stop when Ross was arrested on a weapons charge and found to be in possession of two bags of heroin and more than $6,000 in cash, according to the sheriff’s office.


The heroin was sent to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation in London, Ohio and was found to be more than 42 grams of a mixture of heroin and fentanyl, the sheriff’s said.


Kevin W. Colville, 36, of Hillsboro, was indicted on charges of illegal manufacture of drugs in the vicinity of a juvenile and illegal assembly of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs in the vicinity of a juvenile.


The sheriff’s office said the indictment is the result of an investigation that led to a search of Colville’s residence on Holliday Road. A methamphetamine lab, plus chemicals and items used in the production of meth were discovered during the search, and children were present in the home, the sheriff’s office said.


Joshua D. Hibbs, 32, and Amber M. Martin, 31, both of Lynchburg, were also indicted on charges related to producing drugs around children. The specific charges include illegal manufacture of drugs in the vicinity of a juvenile, illegal assembly of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs in the vicinity of a juvenile, and endangering children.


According to the sheriff’s offices, the charges are the result of an investigation which led to a search of Hibbs’ and Martin’s apartment on Broadway Street in Lynchburg. A meth lab and chemicals and items used in the production of meth were discovered during the search. Children were also present at the time of the search, the sheriff’s office said.


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