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Two arrested after largest methamphetamine seizure Barnesville has ever seen

Barnesville police arrested two people during a traffic stop over the weekend and seized drugs, cash and a weapon.

Barnesville police arrested two people during a traffic stop over the weekend and seized drugs, cash and a weapon.

It turned into the largest methamphetamine seizure the village has ever seen.

"Early Sunday morning, one of the officers initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for a moving violation. Upon speaking with the driver, he picked up some indicators of possible drug activity," Barnesville Police Chief Rocky Sirianni said.

Sirianni said Officer Andrew Stewart and K-9 Dixie assisted, leading to a search of the vehicle.

"More than 60 grams of methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, other drug paraphernalia, a hand gun and a little more than $800 cash was seized," Sirianni said.

Taken into custody were 41-year-old Derrick Wilkin of Newcomerstown and 26-year-old Kelsey Chambers of Barnesville.

Both face drug possession and trafficking charges, while Wilkin is accused of driving under suspension and failing to obey traffic control devices.

The state of Ohio is seeing an increase in crystal meth use, especially over the past 3-4 years.

"They have statistics from the lab that they put out quarterly, and the past couple of years you can see methamphetamines passed up all of the other narcotics sent there to get tested," Sirianni said.

Sirianni credits the hard work of his officers and Dixie.

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