According to the Sheriff’s Office, upon entering the
residence, Major Crimes Task Force agents saw Michael Richards seated at a
table with Siders and Cochran, and observed a syringe loaded with a brown
substance believed to be heroin and spoon containing a brown substance, also
believed to be heroin.
On the floor near where Richards was seated, agents
discovered three packages of heroin weighing a fraction over five grams (5.04). Questioned
about the heroin, Richards said both Cochran and Siders were preparing to use
the heroin on the table and stated that he just traveled to Columbus to obtain
a supply of heroin and that the three bags of heroin near the table were his.
During the process of securing individuals, Shawn Sims
was placed into handcuffs and placed on the floor and advised to sit still.
Agents then observed Sims attempting to conceal a syringe between two
plastic barrels. Sims admitted that the syringe fell out of his pants and that
he was attempting to hide it.
During the execution of the search warrant, Ali Martin arrived at the residence. A
search of her vehicle yielded a syringe, syringe caps and some cotton, commonly
used in the injection of heroin.
The Task Force says it believes Michael Richards to be one of the
county’s largest heroin dealers. Seized from the residence were a television set, believed to have been stolen in a recent burglary, as well as a pickup
truck and an all-terrain vehicle that agents believe were given to Richards to
pay off a drug debt.
As of late this morning, all of the suspects remained in the
Washington County Jail in lieu of bond.