PDT Staff Writer
Investigators with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, Lawrence Drug and Major Crimes Task Force and United States Postal Inspectors teamed up to foil a drug delivery resulting in an arrest. Ian Terril Edens, 25, of 517 North Sixth St., Ironton faces two counts of trafficking in drugs in the presence of a juvenile and within the vicinity of a school, both felonies of the second degree after inspectors began investigating two suspicious packages, leading to his arrest.
Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless said the packages were at the Ironton Post Office and were to be delivered to two Ironton residences last Friday, when a law enforcement dog alerted to the two suspected packages and a federal search warrant was obtained to open the packages.
One of the packages, according to Lawless, was to be delivered to Terril Edens at 715 Walnut St., in Ironton. He said, when the package was opened, it contained bricks of approximately 10.1 pounds of marijuana. Lawless said the second package was to be delivered to Nicole Jones at 517 North Sixth St., in Ironton.
On Monday, investigators with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office and Lawrence Drug and Major Crimes Task Force obtained separate Lawrence County Common Pleas search warrants for the tracking of the packages and the search of the residences upon delivery. The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, the Lawrence Drug and Major Crimes Task Force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Task Force of Scioto County, and the United States Postal Inspectors from the Cincinnati and Columbus areas met and controlled deliveries of the packages were made to both addresses.
At approximately 1 p.m. Monday search warrants were executed on both residences and the packages of marijuana, together weighing approximately 19 pounds, were recovered, along with other miscellaneous evidence from within the homes. Edens was placed in the Lawrence County Jail, and is scheduled to be arraigned in Ironton Municipal Court Thursday at 9 a.m.
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