You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.


Welcome to

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Sheriff says heroin problem ‘epidemic’

Neighborhood tips lead to Springfield arrest, drug seizure.

The heroin problem is Clark County is becoming “epidemic,” according to the local sheriff, with more drug arrests and more overdose deaths because of its availability.

On Tuesday, Clark County Sheriff’s deputies, in cooperation with Springfield police and the R.A.N.G.E drug task force, arrested Shane Ramey, 41, on felony counts of drug trafficking and having a weapon as a felon. His arrest happened after the execution of two warrants on West Mulberry Street that resulted in the seizure of heroin and crack cocaine.

It’s just one of many drug cases across the county, said Sheriff Gene Kelly.

“It’s affecting all of us and our quality of life,” Kelly said. “No one police agency can attack this alone. It’s epidemic.”

Ramey pleaded not guilty to the charges in Clark County Municipal Court on Wednesday. Judge Eugene Nevius set his bond at $50,000. The defendant’s father, Gurly Ramey, came to the hearing to support his son. Shane Ramey was booked into the Clark County Jail in 2007 on a murder charge, for which he was later acquitted by a jury. Gurly Ramey said he never expected to find his son behind bars again, and he said he believes he is innocent this time, too.

“I just know my son. I just feel in my heart it’s not in him to do anything like this,” he said. “(Ramey) was in a place where there was some drugs, and he’s the guy they pointed the finger at.”

Kelly said heroin-related arrests happen “almost weekly.” Many of the cases involve people stealing items and scrap metal to sell in order to buy the drug. The sheriff said it can sell for as low as $10 a bindle, or when the drug is wrapped first in paper, and then in aluminum foil.

Overall, arrests in the county are up 10 percent year-to-date, and Kelly said heroin and drug enforcement likely contributes to that number.

“We’re out here arresting these people,” he said. “It’s not just an inner-city, Mulberry Street problem. It’s everywhere.”

The number of drug-related deaths are also on the rise in Clark County. In 2012, there were 39 drug-related deaths, a record high. Of those, 17 involved heroin. There have been 22 drug-related deaths as of August 2013, of which seven involved heroin, according to Dr. Richard Marsh, county coroner.

The Mulberry Street drug bust came after the sheriff’s office received several neighborhood complaints regarding drug trafficking. Drug activity can be reported by calling (937) 328-2560.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Community News

Flash Flood Watch for parts of Miami Valley until 11 AM

Showers and storms giving way to partly sunny skies Saturday Breezy and warmer on Sunday More rain and turning cooler to start the work week Today: Scattered showers and storms this morning. An isolated storm possible in the afternoon. Otherwise partly sunny skies are expected in the afternoon with temperatures in the upper 70s. More showers/storms...
Young ballet dancers meet idol Misty Copeland
Young ballet dancers meet idol Misty Copeland

A group of young ballerinas from a Chicago dance troupe received a thrill of a lifetime when they appeared on Steve Harvey’s talk show Friday, the Huffington Post reported. >> Read more trending news The ballerinas from the Mayfair Performance Company on Chicago’s south side were surprised and delighted when Harvey introduced...
Seahawks’ Russell Wilson, Ciara welcome baby girl
Seahawks’ Russell Wilson, Ciara welcome baby girl

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife, pop singer Ciara, welcomed their daughter, Sienna Princess Wilson, who was born Friday night, ESPN reported. >> Read more trending news Sienna weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces, according to Ciara’s Instagram post. It's the couple's first child together, CNN reported. They...
Dumpster-diving woman turns trash into cash
Dumpster-diving woman turns trash into cash

When school loans loom, post-college graduates have to make up ways to earn money to pay them off. >> Read more trending news So a Texas woman goes Dumpster diving to find makeup, and then sells it to help pay those loans, WGN reported. Shelbi, who did not provide her last name, works full time in environmental regulations. At night, she...
Texas parents concerned about bathroom cameras in park
Texas parents concerned about bathroom cameras in park

Concerned parents are questioning why cameras were installed in a public restroom at a Texas park. >> Read more trending news Patrick McGrath thought teenagers were joking about security video cameras mounted inside the bathrooms at the Springtown Park, until he saw them for himself, KDFW reported. "To see who's going in is what they're...
More Stories