PC raid nets drugs, arrests

By Jane Beathard

April 30, 2014

Plain City police officers and members of the Madison County Drug Task Force arrested two men and confiscated heroin and other opiates from a village apartment on Tuesday, April 29.

Scott Joseph Herdman, 22, and Paul Allan Darling, III, 31, were jailed in Tri-County without bond, following a search of 153 W. Main St., Apt. B. Herdman shares the apartment with a girlfriend.

Both were indicted by the county grand jury on April 23. Herdman is charged with complicity to drug trafficking. Darling is charged with two counts of trafficking.

Sheriff Jim Sabin said task force deputies observed Herdman making a “hand-to-hand” drug deal on West First Street in the village Tuesday afternoon.

“That gave them probable cause for a search of (Herdman’s) home,” Sabin said.

The search turned up packaged and bulk heroin with a street value of $750 to $900 hidden in clothing hanging in Herdman’s closet.

Deputies also confiscated suspected drug paraphernalia, including needles, syringes, pipes and spoons.

A stack of publications on the closet shelf included a Narcotics Anonymous pamphlet and a copy of Addiction & Recovery For Dummies, Sabin said.

Plain City Police Chief Jim Hill said he contacted Sabin last fall after receiving citizen complaints regarding suspected drug activity in the village.

A confidential informant, working with task force deputies, then purchased heroin and illegal opiate painkillers several times, beginning in October, Sabin said.

Hill noted drug investigations take time. Tipsters should not be discouraged if authorities appear unresponsive, he said.

His department relies on citizen cooperation to identify problem areas and individuals. He encouraged anyone with information regarding drug-related activity to contact a village police officer. All tips remain anonymous.

“As we receive complaints, we will continue to pursue them,” Hill said.

He said opiate trafficking is not rampant in Plain City, but any amount is an issue.

“We enforce (laws against) any drug abuse, especially gateway drugs,” Hill said. “We try to nip it in the bud.”

Hill extended his appreciation to all members of the county drug task force for their help in the recent investigation.

Jane Beathard can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 16 or via Twitter @JaneBeathard.