Alleged ‘Bark’ Drug Operation Discovered

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ELYRIA, Ohio — Three people were charged after investigators discovered what they said was a rare type of drug operation.

According to Olen Martin, a narcotics detective with the Lorain County Drug Task Force, a hallucinogen known as DMT that is made from bark was found in an Elyria home on March 5.

Martin and a task force officer from the Cleveland DEA were at the Washington Avenue residence on an unrelated matter when they said they noticed marijuana in plain view.

“While recovering contraband, I observed materials I recognized to be used in the manufacture of illegal drugs,” Martin said.

He immediately evacuated the home and the lab was neutralized.

“A DMT lab like this, to my knowledge, there’s not been another one in Ohio,” said Martin, who explained the bark used was likely purchased online.

Benjamin Harvitt, Anderson Rush and Maura McFadian face charges after an alleged drug operation involving bark was discovered.

Benjamin Harvitt, Anderson Rush and Maura McFadian face charges after an alleged drug operation involving bark was discovered.

Two men, a woman and a 7-month-old baby lived in the home.

“The dangers that existed to the child and the to the individuals that resided there and anyone else in the immediate vicinity were pretty significant,” Martin said.

Benjamin Harvitt, 27, Anderson Rush, 22, and Maura McFadian, 21, were charged with illegal manufacture of drugs, illegal possession or assembly of drugs, and drug possession.

McFadian was also charged with child endangering.

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