A 29-year-old Springfield woman was arrested on charges accusing her of stashing fentanyl in her home and exposing three children to the synthetic opioid that is used as a painkiller and anesthetic.
LaPrecious Anthony, of the 100 block of North Light Street, was arrested Thursday afternoon by detectives with the Clark County Sheriff’s Vice & Organized Crime Task Force and Criminal Investigation Division. They executed a search warrant at the address and found “a sizable quantity of suspected fentanyl” hidden in the house.
Anthony was charged in Clark County Common Pleas Court with three counts of child endangering. Her bond was set at $10,000 and she was ordered not to have contact with her kids.
The drug agents also found “significant evidence” of a manufacturing operation in the home, where the opioid described as 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine would be mixed with “cutting agents” for resale.
The three children, described only as small (ages were not available), were found in the home during the execution of the warrant. The living arrangements for the children indicated they were “regularly exposed to the dangers associated with the manufacture and trafficking of highly toxic illegal drugs,” according to the statement from the sheriff’s office.
Anthony was taken to jail on the following charges:
- Drug trafficking
- Drug possession
- Illegal manufacturing of drugs
- Felony child endangering (3 counts).
She was not formally charged with the drug crimes Friday morning. Court officials told the Springfield News-Sun the drugs had been sent off for testing and they were awaiting results.
A guest in the home, present when the warrant was executed, was arrested and jailed stemming from an unrelated warrant on a charge of domestic violence and assault. The statement from the sheriff’s office did not indicate that the children belonged to the guest.