Man accused of heroin possession

A Marietta man has been arrested after heroin was found during a search of his home.

Kyle L. Sparks, 24, of 830 Ridge St., Marietta, was the subject of an investigation involving drug sales, said Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks.

“We had enough information that Judge (Timothy) Williams issued us a search warrant,” said Mincks.

Inside the home Wednesday, a K-9 indicated for the presence of drugs, he said.

“We found it hidden in the heating duct. The dog hit on it and we just kept on searching,” he added.

Eventually the search turned up five unit doses of powder heroin, said Mincks.

Sparks has previously been arrested on multiple drug charges and on six breaking and entering charges, said Mincks.

Sparks is currently on parole for a breaking and entering conviction, said Mincks. He served 12 months in prison on that charge, he added.

Sparks was immediately arrested for a parole violation and taken to jail Wednesday. He was also charged with possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony.

Other charges could be forthcoming, said Mincks.

“He could possibly be charged with trafficking. We believe he goes up to Columbus, gets drugs, uses some, and comes back and sells some to get money to go buy more,” said Mincks.

Sparks remains incarcerated in the Washington County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bond on the fifth-degree felony charge. However, he is being held without bond on the parole violation, meaning he will remain in jail until the parole board decides whether or not to send Sparks back to prison for the violation, said Mincks.