PERRY TOWNSHIP- Drug charges are pending against a West State Street man following a three-hour drug raid at his apartment Friday afternoon.
Steven Stillwell, 26, 1150 W. State St. Apt. 1, Salem, was arrested on a probation violation with additional felony drug charges expected after his probation officer found him with marijuana and being uncooperative during a routine check up. Perry Township police arrived shortly after 1 p.m. and found probable cause to search the apartment for drugs. Three members of the Columbiana County Drug Task Force and the East Palestine K-9 unit responded for the search, as well.
A second person on scene was released with no charges pending.
East Palestine Police K-9 unit, Sgt. Don Johnson and Toney, search the exterior of a vehicle at a West State Street apartment during a three-hour drug raid Friday afternoon that uncovered a variety of possible narcotics. (Salem News photo by Kevin Howell)
According to DTF Director Dan Downard, officers discovered drug paraphernalia, marijuana and at least two other substances that appear to be illegal narcotics. The substances are being tested to determine what they are, he said. Officers also confiscated over $600 in cash and a list of names of contacts.
"With at least three different drugs in one house, clearly there's still a drug issue in Perry Township," Downard said.
Perry Township Police Chief Mike Emigh also expressed surprise at the find, noting that he hadn't seen some of the possible narcotics in the township in a long time.
"It is a surprise...because you usually only see a lot of one drug in one place, not several varieties," he said. "This is the first time I can remember a search revealing so many varieties."
Stillwell was transported by Perry Township police to the Columbiana County Jail.
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