Tiffin sisters arrested on drug charges

Two sisters arrested in August on drug charges were arrested again Friday night after they brought alleged drugs to the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Justin Nowak of the sheriff’s office said Jennifer L. Murphy, 24, and Jillian N. Murphy, 22, both of Tiffin, were arrested Friday on charges stemming from a drug-related search warrant that occurred in August at their Riverbend apartment. During their arrests Friday, suspected drugs were found on the pair.

Nowak said the women recently had been indicted by a Seneca County grand jury on charges of aggravated trafficking in drugs and aggravated possession of drugs and a warrant was issued for the women.

Jillian went to the sheriff’s office Friday evening to enquire about an inmate, and after she was recognized as having a warrant, she was taken into custody in the lobby, Nowak said.

Suspected heroin, marijuana, cocaine and Percocet were found on her, he said.

Jillian’s sister, Jennifer, who was waiting in a car in the parking lot also was taken into custody. Deputies found suspected cocaine and Percocet on her, Nowak said.

“They’re now being held on their indictments and further charges are pending,” he said.

Tiffin Police officer Jake DeMonte and police canine Andy were utilized to search the women’s vehicle Friday night. Andy gave a positive indication of narcotics being in the vehicle, and the vehicle is currently being held at the sheriff’s office.

Nowak said the amount of suspected drugs the women were carrying exceeded a personal use amount.

“It just shows their lack of respect for law enforcement to walk into our facility carrying that amount of drugs on them,” Nowak said.

During their first arrest in August, suspected drugs, criminal tools, drug paraphernalia, money and suspected stolen property were seized at their apartment during a search warrant.

Two children also were removed from their the apartment due to an unsafe environment from the condition of the apartment and because of the presence of drugs.

Jennifer was charged with possession of cocaine, a fifth-degree felony, child endangerment, a first-degree misdemeanor, and possession of prescription pills, a fifth-degree felony. Jillian was charged with possession of cocaine and trafficking in heroin, a fourth-degree felony. Their cases were bound over to Seneca County Common Pleas Court, but were dismissed.