TAG Task Force arrests suspect during crystal meth investigation

Investigators raided a home on Forest Street in Warren Thursday morning

Brad Bertuzzi, Warren
Brad Bertuzzi (Photo from a previous, unrelated arrest)

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Trumbull-Ashtabula Group Task Force raided a Warren home as part of what it’s calling an investigation into crystal meth.

With help from the Mahoning Valley Crisis Response Team, TAG raided 199 Forest St. NW on Thursday morning.

“When I first heard about it, it did shook me a little bit. Like, ‘Dang, what they messin’ with him for?’ You feel me?” said neighbor Quentin Brantley.

Several people were in the home at the time.

One of them, 32-year-old Brad Bertuzzi, was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Newton Falls Municipal Court. Officers said he failed to appear at a November sentencing in a 2016 defacing a firearm case.

Bertuzzi has not been charged related to the raid, though investigators are familiar with him.

“This is a known drug dealer selling crystal meth,” said TAG Capt. Tony Villanueva.

Investigators said they’ve been keeping an eye on the house as part of the two-week investigation.

“We’re changing the way we do our investigations and just trying to keep up with the trends of the new street drugs that are coming out,” Villanueva said.

He said crystal meth is not new to the area, there’s just more of it.

“We’re seeing more crystal meth in our investigations. It seems that heroin and crystal meth are hand-in-hand.”

Villanueva said other investigations led them to the area.

“Our team is in there, searching for evidence…that can lead us to other investigations.”

Officers didn’t find any evidence of a meth-making operation inside but did find marijuana, pills, and another substance. That’s all being sent to the lab for testing.

Once those results are back, charges related to this case could be filed.

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to show that the Trumbull-Ashtabula Group Task Force made the arrest, not Warren police. WKBN regrets the error.


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