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Drugs, paraphernalia seized following Salem home search

SALEM — Repeated drug activity at an East Perry Street home prompted Salem Police Chief J.T. Panezott to request the owner evict the tenants following another drug raid Wednesday.

“We’ve had numerous reports of drug activity there,” Panezott said.

The address at 559 E. Perry St. was the subject of a search warrant executed at 1:58 p.m. Wednesday by the Columbiana County Drug Task Force, with assistance from the Salem Police Department and county Sheriff’s Office.

A police report said contact was made with several people and suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were seized and will be sent for testing. Fire Department medics and an ambulance responded for one person who was taken to Salem Regional Medical Center for evaluation.

According to Panezott, no arrests were made, but charges may be pending lab results. He reiterated that suspected methamphetamine and other suspected narcotics were found.

That same residence was the subject of a search in July when DTF agents, Salem Police and the Sheriff’s Office executed it, finding methamphetamine, crack cocaine, marijuana, suspected THC, multiple containers of pills and some currency.

On Tuesday night, police saw a vehicle leave the residence and noted the driver was under suspension. The vehicle was stopped, K-9 Simon indicated to the presence of a narcotic odor and contraband was located in the vehicle. The driver was cited for driving under suspension and drug paraphernalia.

Panezott said a registered letter has been sent to the owner of the house due to the drug activity, telling him to evict the people who live there. The city Housing Inspector also responded to the residence due to the poor conditions.

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