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Kentites Arrested in County Drug Sweep for Selling Pills

Sheriff's office arrests 25 in sweep of northern Portage County

Three Kent residents were among the 25 people arrested by the Portage County Drug Task Force in a sweep of northern Portage County earlier this month.

The three Kent residents arrested, and their charges, are:

  • Theresa Harris, 35, 717 Silver Meadows Blvd., one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a second-degree felony, two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a third-degree felony;
  • Gary Harris, 42, 717 Silver Meadows Blvd., one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a third-degree felony
  • Kyle Herald, 23, 433 S. Francis St., one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony

Theresa Harris is accused of selling percocet and oxymorphone, both in the presence of a juvenile, and oxycodone.

Gary Harris was charged with selling oxycodone. All three drugs are prescribed painkillers.

Both Harris' were charged with selling the pills in less than the bulk amount. They have both requested public defenders to represent them at their trials, which are scheduled for December, according to Portage County court records.

Herald also was charged with selling oxycodone. Herald was released on a personal recognizance, and his trial is not scheduled to start until February.

The arrests were made as part of a series of warrants served throughout northern Portage that involved 60 officers and agents operating out of the Windham Police Department, according to the Portage County Sheriff's Office.

The 25 people arrested were charged based on four months of undercover operations and investigations conducted by the drug task force, according to the sheriff's office.

The Portage County Drug Task Force was assisted by deputies from the Portage County Sheriff's Office, Aurora Police Department, Garrettsville Police Department, Kent Police Department, Ravenna Police Department, Streetsboro Police Department, Windham Police Department, B.C.l., the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, Portage County Prosecutor’s Office and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

For a complete list of those arrested see the .pdf file attached to this article.

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