Sheriff Jeffrey Paden announced that in the late morning hours of January 5th, 2024, two detectives working in an undercover capacity from the Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office/Central Ohio Drug Enforcement Task Force were proactively surveilling a residence in the east Cambridge area known by investigators to be involved in drug trafficking.
While surveilling this particular East Cambridge residence, detectives noticed a vehicle familiar to them and is known to frequent local area residences suspected of being involved in drug trafficking activity.
Indicators suggesting the vehicle had stopped at the residence to obtain narcotics, in addition to suspicion of impairment by the driver of the vehicle were also observed by detectives. This included the driver initially being slumped over the wheel, and soon-after, pulling away from the residence making several traffic violations.
A traffic stop was initiated by the investigators on the suspect vehicle near Byesville Road and Linden Avenue in East Cambridge, which led to a probable cause search uncovering suspected fentanyl and drug paraphernalia.
The driver of this vehicle, Douglas Bennett age 47 of Cambridge, was arrested at the scene and was transported to the Guernsey County Jail. Bennett has since been charged with the following:
- F4 Possession of a fentanyl-related compound
- F3 Tampering with evidence
Bennett is being held at the Guernsey County Jail on a $25,000 bond, pending an upcoming preliminary hearing on this matter.