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The Portage County Sheriff's Office Drug & Violent Crime Unit specializes in keeping the residents of Portage County safe from dangerous criminals and violent crime. If there is any drug or violent activity that you are aware of or suspicious of, contact the unit at (330) 296-8626.
Drug & Violent Crime Unit
Is there any drug or violent crime activity that you are aware of or suspicious of? You can report activity to the Drug & Violent Crime Unit by calling 330-296-8626.
On December 22, 2021, The Portage County Sheriff’s Office Drug and Violent Crime Unit executed a search warrant at a residence in the City of Streetsboro. While executing the search warrant, detectives located cocaine, four pounds of marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms, THC wax, scales, a large amount of US currency, and a loaded firearm. The case is still under investigation and charges are pending. Suspect information will be released once charges are filed.
On December 21st, 2021, at approximately 4:00am Deputy Diemert conducted a traffic stop at State Route 43 and State Route 261 in the City of Kent. The driver was found to have a suspended driver’s license and had nine active warrants for his arrest out of neighboring counties. Probable cause was developed, and a search of the vehicle was conducted. During that search an ounce of crystal methamphetamine was located. Smaller amounts of suspected carfentanil and fentanyl, liquid methamphetamine, a digital scale, empty bags, counterfeit money, and other drug paraphernalia were located. Deputies also located a bag of powdered sugar, which is often used as a “cutting” agent for Fentanyl.
The driver was arrested for possession of drugs, the passenger was arrested for trafficking in drugs. Our deputies will continue to be proactive in our enforcement efforts in an attempt to keep these dangerous narcotics from being distributed on the streets of Portage County.
FEDERAL GRAND JURY INDICTMENT
A man and woman from Ravenna, Ohio were indicted by a federal Grand Jury in Cleveland in a five-count indictment charging them with making a false statement during the purchase of firearms and being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.
The indictment alleges from on or about September 9, 2020 through on or about January 9, 2021, Marie Allman, 33, aided, abetted, and counseled by Nathan W. Konzen, 34, made a false and fictitious written statement in connection with the acquisition of a Diamondback semiautomatic rifle, Mossberg pump-action 12-gauge shotgun, a Taurus 9mm semiautomatic pistol, and a Ruger .22 caliber semiautomatic rifle. Allman represented that she was the purchaser of the firearms, when in fact, she was purchasing said firearms for another individual. Additionally, Konzen was charged with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition. He is prohibited from possessing firearms due to a 2014 conviction for felony domestic violence. During this investigation, there was a total of eight firearms seized along with approximately 4100 rounds of ammunition, LSD, marijuana, and miscellaneous drug paraphernalia.
The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by Portage County Sheriff's Office Drug and Violent Crime Unit, Portage County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Another successful raid by the Portage County Sheriff’s Office Drug and Violent Crime Unit. Today, Detectives executed a search warrant in Ravenna Township. During the execution of the warrant, marijuana, pills, ecstasy, seven firearms (three of which were loaded), ammunition, and a large amount of US currency was recovered.
Many folks feel that marijuana is a harmless drug. It is important to remember that persons trafficking marijuana are involved in other criminal activity, and often armed, as seen in this post.
The Portage County Sheriff’s Office Drug & Violent Crime Unit executed a search warrant in the City of Ravenna. Two arrests were made. Crystal Methamphetamine, Marijuana, and drug paraphernalia were seized.
Deputies and detectives with the Portage County Sheriff’s Office and the Portage County Sheriff’s Office Drug and Violent Crime Unit, executed a search warrant on an illegal gambling operation in Ravenna Township. During the execution of the warrant, several thousand dollars of US currency was recovered along with narcotics and illegal gambling machines. The investigation continues and no arrests were made. The gambling machines were rendered inoperable by law enforcement.
Special thanks to the United States Marshals Service for their assistance in this operation.