2012-02-04 / News

Heroin sought in Buckeye Lake raid

By Scott Rawdon

BUCKEYE LAKE – A Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force heroin raid at 4135 Walnut Road, lot 67, in Buckeye Lake Village led to four arrests at roughly 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25.

Residents Joseph Zaideh and Kasie Kraner were arrested at the home, and two others, Kevin Rodgers and Josh Karjci were pulled over in a vehicle on Ohio 79 on their way out of the house, said Lt. Paul Cortright of the Licking County Sheriff’s Department. He said Kraner and Rodgers were suspected of trafficking heroin, Zaideh was arrested for permitting drug abuse and Karjci had an outstanding arrest warrant out of Fairfield County for a nonrelated crime.

Cortright said Wednesday that Zaideh, Kraner and Rogers’ charges were before a Grand Jury Feb. 2. He said Kraner and Rodgers are facing additional trafficking in heroin charges.

“This investigation was a result of information received concerning heroin being sold from lot 67 4135 Walnut Road,” said Cortright. “A search warrant was obtained for the residence.”

He said the Licking County SWAT team was asked to assist in the raid because of frequent traffic in and out of the residence, and the possibility of unknown subjects being there at the time of the raid.

“There was evidence of drug use, and drug paraphernalia recovered in the search,” said Cortright. “There was also a young child at the residence at the time.” He said children’s services was contacted and the child was released to a relative.

Cortright said a distracting device emitting a loud blast was used basically to scare the residents from the home so police could enter.

The Buckeye Lake Police Department was not aware of the raid and initially responded to a report of an explosion in the trailer park.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.

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