On Thursday afternoon, Jan. 18, at about 1 p.m., the Russells Point Police Department was asked to assist the adult parole authority at 202 Grand Ave. in reference to a parole violation and drug activity. Shortly after their arrival a marijuana growing operation was found inside the home as well as marijuana and various pieces of drug paraphernalia. Officers also found marijuana prepackaged for distribution. The tenant, Bradley Johnston, 33, took responsibility for the marijuana and grow operation. He was arrested and transported to the Logan County Jail without incident. He has been charged with trafficking in marijuana.
While conducting the investigation officers found deplorable conditions inside the home. Piles of trash, animal feces on the floor, several litter boxes full of waste, rotting food, dirty dishes, torn-up furniture, and other debris were scattered throughout the home.
In addition to two 2-year-old children, an infant, and an 11-year-old, there were five dogs and numerous cats. This prompted a request for Children Services to respond. After an assessment of the conditions, the four children were placed in protective custody and transferred to the care of a family member.
Jennifer Barnett, 33, and Jamie Cook, 26, were placed under arrest and charged with endangering children and drug abuse. Rusty Booker, 28, was arrested for a parole violation.
The Logan County dog warden was contacted and Barnett voluntarily surrendered the dogs to him. A representative from Logan County Trap Neuter Release was attempting to rescue the cats.
The Washington Township Police Department assisted.
Submitted by Joe Freyhof, Chief of Police, Russells Point Police Department.