CIRCLEVILLE — On Feb. 14, approximately 6 p.m., the Circleville Safety Forces Communications Center received a 911 call from a residence in the 100 block of South Washington Street advising a male individual was in the residence threatening individuals with a gun.

The caller additionally stated the male individual was a family member who appeared to be under the influence of drugs.

Officers arrived on scene and took the male, later identified as Derek Snyder, into custody without incident. Officers spoke with witnesses and recovered a firearm, 25 grams of methamphetamine, multiple items of drug paraphernalia and a scale with baggies. Snyder admitted to being under the influence of methamphetamine.

Snyder is currently on probation and had an active warrant through Pickaway County for criminal damaging. Snyder was placed under arrest and transported to the Pickaway County Jail without incident on charges of domestic violence, aggravated menacing, trafficking drugs and probation violation,

Illegal drugs are a problem nationwide, as well as our community. Anyone with information about the trafficking or sales of illegal narcotics are encouraged to provide tips by calling the Drug Tip Line 740-477-DRUG (3784) or emailing

You can remain anonymous when leaving a tip on the Drug Tip Line.

On Feb. 12, the Circleville Police Department, in conjunction with the Circleville Probation Department, the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office and the Waverly Police Department, conducted a city-wide narcotics interdiction and saturation patrol throughout the day.

During the operation, officers had 25 total citizen contacts, 12 arrests, 22 criminal charges resulting in the seizure of 7.6 grams of crack cocaine, five grams of heroin, copious amounts of various abused scheduled prescription medications, suboxone strips and a loaded firearm.Those arrested include:

• Fredrick Ruby, charged with possession of drugs/drug paraphernalia;

• Rodney Crago, charged with probation violation;

• Kristi LeMaster, charged with warrant for felony possession of drugs;

• Ernie Haddox, charged with receiving stolen property (x3);

• Robert Davis III, charged with probation violation

• Chelsea Drewett, charged with possession of drugs, trafficking of drugs, improper handling of a firearm;

• John Adkins Jr, charged with possession of drugs;

• Stephen Getman, charged with trafficking of drugs;

• Andrea Johnson, charged with endangering children/disorderly conduct;

• Kaalis Hampton, charged with possession of drugs (x2)/trafficking drugs (x2); and

• McKenzie Leisey, probation.

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