Ripley PD busts key figure in BC drug ring

By Martha Jacob –

According to Ripley Chief of Police Joel Barnett, the Ripley Police Department recently set up a controlled buy  to purchase four grams of heroin and one gram of crack cocaine from a man going by the name of Rico.
Rico was a contact found in several local dealers phones during search warrants of the devices.
“Through a confidential informant” Chief Barnett said, “the male was found to be a large supplier for the local dealers here in Ripley as well as Brown County.
“The Purchase amount was set to be $600  with $30 additional in gas money for driving from the city to Ripley.”
Barnett said that ‘Rico’ turned out to be an alias.
“Marcus Rice was the male that we at the Ripley Police Department had been speaking to on the phone to set up the buy,” Barnett explained. “The driver who assisted Marcus Rice to travel to Ripley to make the sale was a Roy Kinnon.
“Both males were arrested on Feb. 7, 2017 in the McDonalds parking lot in Ripley and were found to be in possession of the cash exchanged from a confidential informant to Marcus Rice for the narcotics.”
The Following narcotics were found inside the vehicle:
• approximately 4 grams of heroin
• 3/4 gram of Methamphetamine
• 1.5 gram of crack cocaine
• scales and marijuana were also found inside the vehicle.