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NEW CUMBERLAND – Two East Liverpool residents face multiple drug charges in Hancock County following an investigation into heroin and fentanyl trafficking in the Newell area.

Ashley Durbin and Matthew Rudder, both of East Liverpool, were arrested Thursday on charges of delivering a controlled substance, transporting a controlled substance around the state and conspiring to deliver a controlled substance following the completion of the investigation by members of the Hancock-Brooke-Weirton Task Force on Drugs and Violent Crime.

The investigation led to the cumulative seizure of approximately $ 3,000 worth of fentanyl / heroin as well as US currency.

Durbin and Rudder are being held at the North Regional Prison pending legal proceedings.

The Hancock-Brooke-Weirton Drugs and Violent Crime Task Force is made up of members of the Weirton Police Department, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Brooke County Sheriff’s Office, the State of West Virginia and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).


– Staff reports

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