Sheriff: 2 suspected heroin dealers arrested

Authorities: Suspects were out on felony bond for previous heroin delivery charges
Sheriff: 2 suspected heroin dealers arrested
Rodney and Rainelle Cheever

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Drug Task Force said it concluded a drug investigation Wednesday leading to the arrest of two suspected heroin dealers.

Sheriff’s officials said Rodney E. Cheever, 29, of Portage, was identified as a “heroin source” who was providing heroin to people in and around Portage.

During the arrest and subsequent search of Cheever’s vehicle, law enforcement found heroin, a hand gun and drug paraphernalia, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Rodney Cheever was arrested on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, felony possession of a weapon, drugged driving while under the influence of heroin, felony delivery of heroin and felony bail jumping, according to sheriff’s officials.

Sheriff’s officials said Rainelle M. Cheever, 27, of Portage, was arrested on charges of felony possession of heroin, felony delivery of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and felony bail jumping.

Rainelle and Rodney Cheever were also referred for child neglect charges as they had their infant child with them in the vehicle during the delivery of heroin and while driving while under the influence, according to the news release.

Sheriff’s officials said Rainelle and Rodney Cheever were both out on felony bond for multiple previous heroin delivery charges. 

They are being held in the Columbia County Jail and are scheduled to make their initial appearance in Columbia County Circuit Court on Friday.

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