Sheriff Jeffrey D. Paden announced today that on the evening hours on Friday December 16th 2022, members of the Guernsey County Special Response Team as well as Investigators with the Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division executed a narcotics related search warrant on a residence on Old National Road in Cambridge Township. A 38 year old Cambridge man was taken into custody at the residence and then transported to the Guernsey County Jail and placed on a felony investigative hold.
Det. Ryan Patterson said that the investigation began following the death of a Cambridge area man early last week which led to the search warrant. The investigation remains active at this time and this case is likely to be presented to the prosecutor’s office for review in the future.
Sheriff Paden said that a similar, unrelated case was resolved in the Guernsey County Common Pleas Court last week. Throughout a lengthy investigation, Guernsey County Sheriff Detectives were able to determine that 44 year old Jacqueline Cross of Noble County was the individual responsible for providing illegal narcotics to an individual who died at a Spencer Township residence last December. The individual’s cause of death was determined to be an “acute drug overdose” following an autopsy that was ordered by the Guernsey County Coroner. Cross was sentenced to prison in the Common Pleas Court after being convicted of Involuntary Manslaughter.
Sheriff Paden says that this should be another reminder to anyone involved in the illegal trafficking of narcotics inside Guernsey County. “If you are involved in the trafficking of narcotics, you will be arrested and you will be prosecuted!” He added that” Anyone who involves themselves in the trafficking of narcotics runs the risk of becoming involved in a homicide investigation and subject to being prosecuted.”