Miller, Roach indicted on heroin charges


By Lorna Hart - lhart@civitasmedia.com



ATHENS – A major heroin supplier operating a pipeline between Columbus and Athens County was shut down in late March after an extensive investigation by the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office.

According to Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn, Eric Jordan Miller was arrested March 31 as a result of cooperation between Blackburn’s office and law enforcement agencies from Columbus and Meigs, Gallia, Fairfield and Hocking counties.

Miller is accused of drug trafficking, and in a previously published report, law enforcement officials said drugs were transported and sold in both communities. They alleged the operation was orchestrated by Miller for more than a decade.

The January term of the Athens County Grand Jury indited Miller, 36, on April 7 for allegedly “engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, money laundering, possessing criminal tools and multiple trafficking in heroin charges.”

Miller is currently incarcerated in the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail and will be arraigned April 20 in the Athens County Court of Common Pleas.

Lindsey Roach, 24, of Meigs County, was also indicted as part of the drug ring. She is charged with “engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, possessing criminal tools and multiple trafficking in heroin charges.”

Currently, Roach is wanted on a warrant, and according to the prosecutor’s office, additional information could not be obtained at press time because it is an open warrant.

Miller is currently incarcerated in the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail and will be arraigned April 20 in the Athens County Court of Common Pleas.

According to Blackburn, Miller purportedly kept ahead of authorities by allegedly using different women as drug mules and moving from home to home. He is alleged to have been dealing drugs from a house near downtown Athens when the multi-county drug task force tracked him down at a relative’s home near SR 161 and Little Turtle Way in Columbus.

“He was a large-scale deliveryman, bringing a lot of the product down, then dealing with a few people who were delivering it on down,” Blackburn said.

“Miller, also known as ‘E,’ has long been known to traffic drugs in our communities. With the assistance of the Columbus Police Department CRT Zone 3, the Meigs-Gallia County Task Force and the Fairfield-Hocking-Athens Major Crimes, Miller will answer for the allegations against him,” Blackburn said. “Miller has done this for so long, as the case goes to trial, the facts will show he had a unique way of dealing drugs.”

Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551.

By Lorna Hart

lhart@civitasmedia.com

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