Bartlett Traffic Stop Yields Drugs

A traffic stop in Bartlett by agents of the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission on Tuesday, May 23 turned into an arrest for two Washington County residents on drug charges. 35 year old Derek Ryan Whytsell of Marietta and 30 year old April Nicole Calvert of Belpre are both charged with trafficking.

Whytsell was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and Calvert was in possession of an amount of heroin.

A K-9 performed a sniff of the vehicle indicating the presence of a controlled substance. During a search of the vehicle, 19.21 grams of meth was found beside the driver’s seat. He also admitted to having in his possession a cutting agent. Calvert was found to have concealed 1.33 grams of heroin on her person.

Whytsell and Calver remain in the Washington County Jail without bond pending an initial court appearance in Marietta Municipal Court.

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About Callie Lyons

RCNN Publisher and Editor Callie Lyons is an independent journalist and author living in the Mid Ohio Valley. Her first book, Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8, is available at Amazon.com and in hundreds of libraries all over the world. Known as a "warrior for public health", Lyons' environmental investigations have been featured in documentaries, including Good Neighbors - Bad Blood and Toxic Soup, on Swedish National Television and in numbers of television, radio and print media interviews. Her work has appeared on Nova's Whiz Kids and in Mother Jones magazine. More recently, a national audience has come to know her award-winning investigative work through the Environmental Working Group and interviews with leading publications like the Huffington Post and The Intercept. Lyons' work was featured in the 2017 documentary Parched:Toxic Waters by National Geographic. According to Dr. Arlene Blum of the Green Science Policy Institute at UC Berkeley, Lyons' book provided the inspiration for the Madrid Statement, which documents the scientific consensus regarding the persistence and potential for harm of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances like PFOA and lays out a roadmap to gather needed information and prevent further harm. In 2006, Lyons received the Associated Press of Ohio Award for Best Business Writer. In 2007, Ohio Citizen Action presented Lyons with the Uncovering the Truth Award for her environmental journalism. In 2015, the Marietta 9-12 Project awarded Lyons the Freedom Pin for her commitment to democracy and free press.
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