Thirteen young adults were arrested in a drug sweep by Worthington police and the Franklin County Sheriff's Department last Thursday morning.

Thirteen young adults were arrested in a drug sweep by Worthington police and the Franklin County Sheriff's Department last Thursday morning.

Most of those arrested were in their late teens or early twenties and lived in the Worthington school district, though none were high school students.

The arrests ended nearly four months of investigation and evidence collecting done mostly by the sheriff's department, but with full cooperation of Worthington police.

Many of the drug sales were conducted in Worthington, some at the Dairy Queen on High Street or in the parking lot at Worthington Square mall.

The most popular drug involved was Mexican brown heroin.

"In the past, we dealt with weed, pills and some cocaine," said Worthington Police Sgt. John Slaughter. "All of the sudden, you're talking about heroin."

Last year, there were 28 heroin deaths in Franklin County. Four years ago, a Thomas Worthington High School student died from an overdose of heroin.

The toxicity of the drug combined with its relative low cost worries Worthington Police Chief Michael Mauger.

"The thing that concerns me is that heroin is very addictive," he said. "Some kid will ruin his life."

The Worthington residents who were charged with trafficking were Jennifer Bootes, 19, of 6628 Worthington-Galena Road; Eric Gelin, 18, of 363 Colonial Ave.; Kyle Heller, 19, 6400 Plesenton Drive; and Carlos DeLaSerda, 18, of 170 E. Clearview Ave.

Another Worthington man, Sumyr Phillips, 20, 145 Greenglade Ave., was charged with tampering with evidence.

Others charged with trafficking were Joshua Ackert, 19, 1141 Tillicum Drive, Columbus; Anders Berner, 20, 3931 Inverness Circle, Dublin; Jan Michael Byers, 28, 2153 Shademont Court, Columbus; Russell Conlon, 19, 1719 Durango Court, Powell; Adam Cullimore, 23, 397 Park Road, Columbus; Jason Huffer, 23, 1756 Oak Leaf Lane, Powell; Shane Smeltzer, 19, 5369 Emerald Lakes Blvd., Powell; and Braden Tizzano, 19, 769 Summertree Lane, Westerville.

Though the case was not directly related to the sweep, four teens and an adult were stopped in a vehicle on Sawmill Road on Sept. 23. The teens, students at Worthington Kilbourne High School, reportedly admitted to snorting heroin, according to Chief Deputy Steve Martin.

The 18-year-old driver, Jonathan M. Niklos of Powell, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. The juveniles were not charged because the drugs were gone and there was no other evidence.