Portage County Drug Task Force arrests 25 after four-month long investigation

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By Dave O’Brien | Staff Writer

A four-month investigation into drug trafficking in northern Portage County has resulted in charges against more than 40 people in the past week, including at least 25 people arrested Friday on warrants stemming from secret Portage County grand jury indictments.

Portage County Sheriff David Doak said 35 people are charged with more than 90 criminal violations filed in secret grand jury indictments obtained by the drug task force. The charges resulted from a four-month investigation into the illegal sale of heroin, methamphetamine, prescription drugs and marijuana, he said.

The Portage County Drug Task Force, state and federal agents rounded up at least 25 people on arrest warrants Friday morning.

All were identified as criminal suspects during undercover operations over the past four months, operations “primarily centered on drug trafficking in the northern Portage County area,” according to Doak.

Agents set up a command post in Windham Friday morning, Doak said. Assisting the drug task force in the roundup were Aurora, Garrettsville, Kent, Ravenna, Streetsboro and Windham police officers, the Portage County Prosecutor’s Office, Summit County sheriff’s deputies and agents of Ohio Bureau of Criminal Idenfitication and Investigation, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

The Portage County Task Force is comprised of officers from the Aurora, Garrettsville, Kent, Streetsboro, and Windham police departments, the Portage County Sheriff’s Office and the Portage County Prosecutor’s Office. Suspected drug activity can be reported by calling 330-296-8626 or by sending an email to pdtaskforce@sbcglobal.net.

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Contact this reporter at 330-298-1128 or dobrien@recordpub.com

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