A Rich Hill man was arrested Friday, March 15, 2019, after various drugs were found in his home during the execution of a search warrant. Members of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), agents of the Drug Task Force, criminal investigators, and deputies arrived at the home of Billy Franklin Criminger, age 54, at 1684 Baskins Hill Road, Heath Springs, with a search warrant shortly after 6:00 a. m. Criminger was present with an adult female. No one was injured during the entry and subsequent search of the home. Agents found suspected illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia in the living room, the kitchen, and the master bedroom of the home. The seized items included 3.08 grams of suspected Heroin, .76 grams of suspected Crack Cocaine, .95 grams of suspected Methamphetamine, five pills suspected to be Buprenorphine Hydrochloride and Naloxone Hydrochloride, and three pills suspected to be Diazepam. Multiple smoking pipes, digital scales, and a .22 rifle and ammunition were also found.
Criminger was arrested on the scene and transported to the Lancaster County Detention Center. Warrants were subsequently served upon him charging him with Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin, Possession with Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine, Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule III Buprenorphine Hydrochloride and Naloxone Hydrochloride, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Schedule IV Diazepam. Criminger’s home is within a half mile of a child development facility, and he was also charged with five counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute Controlled Substances within Proximity of a School. The female in the home was not charged. Bonds totaling $65,000.00 were set on the charges by a magistrate, and Criminger was released from the detention center Saturday. Photographs of Criminger and the items found during the search are attached.
“This search warrant resulted from information gathered by our Drug Task Force agents about drugs being sold out of this house,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “Once again, this intelligence was spot on as shown by the discovery of five different illegal substances and drug paraphernalia commonly used in the drug trade. During 2018 our drug agents served a record number of search warrants We are continuing that trend into 2019 and will pursue the drugs and the people dealing with them wherever the information leads us.”
Anyone with information about this or any other case should call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or contact Midlands Crimestoppers in one of the following ways: dial 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372), log onto www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and click on the “Submit a Tip” tab, or download the P3 Tips App for Apple or Android devices.