Couple accused of giving tainted cookies to strikers are indicted on drug charges

Nancy Molnar - The Times-Reporter, New Philadelphia, Ohio (TNS)

NEW PHILADELPHIA A Dennison couple that allegedly gave tainted cookies to striking school workers has been indicted on drug charges.

Bo J. Cosens, 29, is charged with trafficking in marijuana and possession of marijuana. Rachel D. Sharrock, 25, is charged with marijuana possession and permitting drug abuse.

They were arrested April 8 after police alleged they had given sugar cookies laced with a laxative to striking nonteaching employees picketing near Claymont Primary School.

Although Uhrichsville police originally charged Cosens and Sharrock with contaminating a substance for human consumption, prosecutors could not make the charge stick because no lab would test the cookies for the presence of a laxative.

“Nobody ate the cookies, so nobody would test them,” said Uhrichsville police Sgt. Michael Hickman.

Police and prosecutors reached out to university laboratories and even the FBI.

“Our last email from the FBI was, ‘Listen, we’re not helping you,’” Hickman said.

The fact that the cookies went uneaten also means there were no medical records to prove the bakery was tainted.

Evidence against the defendants included a Facebook video in which Cosens said he was irritated that people were honking their horns as they passed the workers, members of the Ohio Association of Public School Employees. He also threatened to shoot the strikers. Cosens and Sharrock talk in the video about a plan to send the protesters a batch of contaminated cookies.

At the time of the alleged crimes, Cosens and Sharrock lived in Uhrichsville near near Claymont Primary School. They were required to move elsewhere as a condition of their release from jail.

Nancy Molnar

The Times-Reporter, New Philadelphia, Ohio (TNS)

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