DTF seizes drugs and cash in raid on First Ave. – The Review

Mar 17, 2023
EAST LIVERPOOL — The Columbiana County Drug Task Force seized drugs and cash during a raid on a First Avenue home Thursday morning, also making a warrant arrest on a man found hiding inside a clothes dryer.
DTF Director Detective Sgt. Brett Grabman of the county Sheriff’s Office said there had been numerous complaints about the traffic going in and out of the house and a neighboring business had even complained that one of the drug customers was under the influence and crashed his vehicle into their fence.
Through an investigation, the search warrant was secured and executed, with two people found at the residence, including Nicholas Weyand, the man found in the basement dryer, and another man whose relative owns the home.
Weyand, 34, of East Liverpool, was taken into custody on a warrant for child support. Grabman said a cut straw with heavy residue was allegedly found on him.
Items seized included 14 grams of crack cocaine with a street value of $1,600, 15 grams of marijuana and a little over $1,600 cash. During the search, a woman showed up who allegedly possessed a few grams of marijuana and said she was just there to be with the other man. Neither she nor the other man were charged, but Grabman said charges are pending as a result of the search warrant execution.
Grabman thanked the other agencies involved in the drug raid, including the Sheriff’s Office, the Special Response Team and the East Liverpool Police Department. He said East Liverpool officers took an active role in the investigation. He also thanked the Columbiana County Prosecutor’s Office personnel for their assistance.
So far this year, Grabman said the DTF is already up to 70 cases with 25 indictments. Last year, the DTF partnered with the Columbiana County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board and became a distributor of Naloxone, known as the overdose reversal drug and commonly known as Narcan.
This year so far, 23 doses of Narcan have been used. He also said that eight people have been offered treatment and two have accepted the offer.
In 2022, the DTF distributed 86 Naloxone kits and offered a treatment opportunity to 21 people, with four accepting.
The DTF can be reached at 330-424-0309.
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