3 suspected drug traffickers arrested

Three suspected local drug traffickers were arrested Wednesday night during a traffic stop.

All three are accused of selling heroin to confidential informants from the Major Crimes Task Force over the past several months, according to a press release from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Michael V. Richards, 35, of 1365 McGill Road, Vincent, was arrested for the fourth time this year on heroin-related charges. Richards is accused of selling between one and three grams of heroin to an informant on four occasions in January and was therefore charged with four felony counts of trafficking in heroin.

Michael A. Snider, 39, of 518 Columbia Ave., Williamstown, was charged with two counts of trafficking in drugs for selling small quantities of heroin to an informant on consecutive days in early March.

Joshua S. Gibson, 28, of 707 Front St., Marietta, was accused of one count of trafficking in drugs for selling an informant three doses of heroin in January.

Agents also found $2,000 during the traffic stop, which they believe was to be used to purchase more heroin in Columbus.

Richards and Snider are being held at the Washington County Jail on a $27,500 and $10,000 bond, respectively. Gibson posted his $5,000 bond.

The Major Crimes Task Force is a multi-faceted organization composed of representatives from the Marietta and Belpre Police departments; the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification, the Morgan County Prosecuting Attorney and Sheriff’s offices and the Washington County Prosecuting Attorney and Sheriff’s offices.