Two face drug-related charges

TORONTO – Two individuals are housed in the Jefferson County jail this morning after being arrested Tuesday on drug-related charges at a local apartment complex.

Joshua W. Higby, 31, Apartment 10, 901 Bank St., was charged with four counts of trafficking in drugs within 1,000 feet of a school; possession of marijuana; possession of a controlled substance; possession of drug paraphernalia; and child endangerment. Also, Rachel Thomas, 27, same address, was charged with permitting drug abuse; possession of marijuana; possession of controlled substance; possession of drug paraphernalia; and child endangerment, according to Capt. Rick Parker of the City Police department.

“After a three-month long narcotics investigation by the Toronto Police, the Jefferson County Drug Task Force and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Apartment 10 at Whispering Hills apartment complex,” said Parker. “During the raid, officers recovered marijuana, prescription pills, scales, drug paraphernalia and cash.

“We made controlled buys from the residence,” Parker continued. “The traffic to and from the apartment was non-stop throughout the day and evening with a 6-year-old child at the residence.”

Parker said law enforcement was able to put the case together, leading to Tuesday’s arrest. He added the child was placed with grandparents by the Jefferson County Children Services division.

“We were once again assisted by citizens calling in information on drug activity and encourage any citizens with information to please call the Toronto Police,” Parker said. “Our city taxpayers don’t have to put up with this type of activity in their neighborhood. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again – if you are dealing drugs in Toronto, it’s not a matter of ‘if’ we catch you – it’s only a matter of when.”