12 possible victims of human trafficking found in Columbus home during narcotics raid

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The Whitehall police Narcotics Unit, with assistance from Columbus police, executed a search warrant for narcotics trafficking on a home in the 800 block of Ruby Avenue on the East Side. There were 18 people found inside the house.

Twelve women who are believed to be victims of human trafficking were found Thursday in a Columbus home during a narcotics raid.

The Whitehall police Narcotics Unit, with assistance from Columbus police, executed a search warrant for narcotics trafficking on a home in the 800 block of Ruby Avenue on the East Side. There were 18 people found inside the house.

Police later conducted interviews with 12 women, revealing them as possible survivors of human trafficking, said Whitehall police Sgt. John Grebb. The women ranged in age from 20 to 40 years old.

David Dehus II, 50; Samantha Miller, 44; and Dustin Speakman, 29, were arrested and charged with heroin trafficking, a fifth-degree felony.

Grebb said human trafficking and other charges are being pursued against the individuals, all of whom lived at the Ruby Avenue home. While the search warrant was focused on narcotics, police said they believed from interviews with the women that human trafficking also was happening at the house.

The Salvation Army and the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force are aiding the investigation, police said.

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