BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Three people are in custody after a drug raid at a Boardman house around noon on Friday.
This is the third time the home on Wildwood Drive has been targeted by police since March.
Heavily armed officers went into the house where neighbors say 41-year-old Michael Forgach lives. He was indicted Thursday on a slew of drug charges for what police say they’ve been seeing at his house for months.
“At this point, it’s become a nuisance and a danger to the neighborhood, you know, the trustees are very concerned. The police department is very concerned and we just have to take a stand and do what we can do to shut this down,” said Boardman Police Chief Jack Nichols.
Neighbors in the otherwise quiet neighborhood say they’ve wanted this house shut down for some time, too.
“They’ll pull in the driveway, they’ll sit approximately five to 10 minutes. One person will go in, person comes out, the car leaves,” a neighbor said.
The neighbor says the sheer volume of traffic leaves little doubt there’s drug activity happening.
“They are in there sometimes two times a day, the same type cars and that, back and forth and that,” another neighbor said.
Chief Nichols says each time his officers have been to this house, they find not only dealing taking place, but using as well.
“The business model of the drug dealer is changed somewhat — now, using at the site rather than buying there and carrying it away has become more common,” Chief Nichols said.
Neighbors also say there was even a recent case where someone overdosed at the house and medics needed to use naloxone to revive the victim.
“I am really scared for my life because shootings might go on,” one neighbor said.
Boardman police and trustees say they’ll be going to court early next week, asking prosecutors and a judge to declare the suspected drug house a nuisance.
“I’d rather have a boarded up house than a drug house, and I’m sure these neighbors feel the same way,” said Boardman Township Trustee Tom Costello.
The three suspects are expected in court next week.
“We’ve actually had some of the neighbors come to our trustees’ meetings with concerns about what’s going on here … We’re hoping with this action and the cooperation of the prosecutor’s office that we can solve this problem,” Costello said.