Two arrested on drug charges in connection with Pike County murders

For the Troy Daily News

COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader today announced two arrests in connection with an ongoing drug investigation in Pike County.

Last night, authorities arrested Josh Rhoden, 38, on a felony charge of drug trafficking and John McJunkin, 63, on a felony charge of possession of drugs.

Search warrants were served on both suspects’ homes on Grassy Fork Road in Peebles where more than $8,000 in cash was seized, along with an estimated $7,700 in prescription pills, nine guns, and a small amount of marijuana.

Although evidence in this case was discovered over the course of the ongoing investigation into last year’s killings of eight members of the Rhoden family, this case is unrelated to the homicides.

The case is under investigation by the Pike County Sheriff’s Office and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, in coordination with Pickaway County Sheriff Robert Radcliff, Ross County Sheriff George Lavender Jr., and the U.S. 23 Pipeline Major Crimes Task Force.

Assistance was also provided by the Drug Enforcement Administration and Pike County Probation Department.

Authorities continue to request that anyone with information on the ongoing homicide investigation call 1-855-BCI-OHIO (224-6446) or the Pike County Sheriff’s Office at 740-947-2111.

For the Troy Daily News