Task force arrests man for trafficking in meth




A Lakeview man was charged with a fifth-degree felony count of possession of methamphetamine, a fourth-degree felony count of trafficking in methamphetamine and a third-degree felony count of tampering with evidence Thursday as the result of the culmination of a Logan County Joint Drug Task Force investigation.

Shane Hicks, 30, of 13534 N. State Route 235, Lakeview, was arrested about 6 p.m. by the task force during a traffic stop at the intersection of County Road 23 and State Route 720.

Authorities report the task force had been investigating Hicks for trafficking methamphetamine in the Indian Lake area. The investigation revealed that the defendant allegedly had been traveling to Dayton to purchase methamphetamine and then return to Logan County to sell and use the drug.

During the arrest, Hicks admitted that he had placed the methamphetamine inside a Gatorade bottle, which still had some Gatorade in it. After locating and checking the bottle, it did have a crystal substance in the bottle. The liquid was tested and it tested positive for methamphetamine.

A pipe used for smoking methamphetamine also was located on the floor board in front of Hicks’ seat.

Hicks was transported to the Logan County Jail. According to court records, the defendant is currently on probation from a 2014 conviction for felonious assault, a second-degree felony.

Deputies of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office and Washington Township Police Department officers assisted task force detectives with the arrest.