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Point Pleasant man charged after selling heroin near school, deputies say

D’Arius Christopher Franklin is charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and one count of delivery of a controlled substance. (Mason County Sheriff's Office)

A Point Pleasant man is facing felony charges after the Mason County Sheriff’s Office said he sold heroin several times within 1,000 feet of a school while it was in session.

D’Arius Christopher Franklin is charged with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and one count of delivery of a controlled substance.

On Jan. 31 and Feb. 7, Franklin negotiated the sale of heroin to an individual by phone, according to a criminal complaint filed in Mason County Magistrate Court. The unidentified individual took part in a controlled drug buy at 2608 Lincoln Ave. in Point Pleasant, which is within 1,000 feet of Point Pleasant Intermediate School. The school was in session and children were present.

The individual bought $20 worth of heroin on Jan. 31 and $25 worth of the drug on Feb. 7, the complaint said.

A third sale occurred Feb. 19 at the Pleasant Valley Apartment Complex in Point Pleasant after a negotiation by phone. The same individual purchased $50 worth of heroin from Franklin, the complaint said.

Deputies from the Putnam County Special Enforcement Unit helped apprehend Franklin at a trailer in Buffalo on Tuesday.

Franklin is being held in Western Regional Jail on three $75,000 cash bonds.

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