Following a month-long investigation, the Portage County Drug Task Force executed search warrants this week at three area businesses, including Puff-N-Stuff and Midnight Oasis in Kent, according to Portage County Sheriff David W. Doak.
Task force agents, along with members of the sheriff’s office, Kent Police and Streetsboro Police, were searching for any chemical structurally similar to a controlled substance, also known as an analog drug. They are commonly referred to as Spice, K-2 and Bath Salts.
The third business searched by the task force was Twilight Boutique in Streetsboro.
Doak said that on Feb. 1, task force agents purchased from the three businesses substances that were submitted to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation for lab analysis. The samples were reported to contain a Schedule I controlled substance which is illegal to sell or possess in Ohio.
During the execution of the warrants, said Doak, officers seized any and all merchandise that could contain a controlled substance or chemical structurally similar to a controlled substance, U.S. currency and business records. A firearm was found at one of the businesses.
Doak said the case will be presented to the Portage County Prosecutor’s Office for charges following lab results from Ohio BCI.
Brendan Ryan, 30, of North Olmstead, was arrested at Twilight Boutique for possession of a controlled substance.
The Portage County Task Force is made up of agents from the Aurora, Brimfield, Garrettsville, Kent, Ravenna, Streetsboro and Windham police departments, the sheriff’s office and the county prosecutor’s office.