3 arrested in Wellsville raid

Three people were arrested Wednesday during a drug raid at 906 Commerce St. in Wellsville.

Police said more than $2,000 in cash and a small amount of heroin were recovered from the home during the raid, which followed a six-month investigation. Police arrested resident Taru Smith, 35, on a warrant for failure to appear on a previous charge of marijuana possession.

Police said while they were conducting the raid at 906 Commerce St., they saw John Dunlap, 30, at a home on 9th Street, which neighbors the Commerce Street address. Dunlap was arrested on a warrant.

A third man, Joseph Blake, 22, was arrested on a first-degree felony charge of crack possession after police said he was acting suspiciously in the area of the raid. After making contact with him, police said they found more than 140 grams of crack cocaine on Blake.

The raid was conducted by the Columbiana County  Drug Task Force, the Columbiana County Special Response Team, Drug Enforcement Administration, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Office and Wellsville police.

It was the third raid in the village in the past week. Two homes on Clark Avenue were raided by police July 3, with marijuana plants found at one location and heroin at another.

A raid at 1718 Clark Ave. netted 19 marijuana plants in different stages of development. The plants were found both inside and outside the house, where three adults and one child were present, according to the task force.

The second warrant was served at 1825 Clark Ave., but no one was home during the search. Along with a small amount of heroin, agents found suspected drug paraphernalia and packing materials, which were all seized.

Charges are pending in all the raids, a spokesman for the task force said.


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