Alliance: Police make drug arrests at Mt. Union

1:18 PM, Sep 21, 2012   |    comments
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ALLIANCE -- Alliance police posted their latest arrests on their Facebook page regarding the Mt. Union College arrests.

Police detectives made four arrests on charges of drug trafficking late Wednesday night. According to police Det. Lt. John Jenkins, officers took Victor Schade, Blake Miller and Jonathan Delapa, all residents at 13425 Union Ave. N.E., into custody on charges of trafficking in marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, after executing a search warrant.

Schade, 18, had made numerous sales to undercover confidential informants, culminating a two-week investigation. Upon searching Schade's room, detectives discovered 44 hand-rolled marijuana cigars that had been packaged for sale, a bottle of cherry vodka, more cigar wraps and a bag containing less than 100 grams of marijuana.

Jenkins said Schade sold the cigars for $10 each. Schade also was charged with underage possession for the vodka.

Continued investigation led detectives to the recovery of more marijuana packaged for sale, pills, scales, packaging materials and drug paraphernalia.

Blake Miller, 18, of Dundee, and Travis J. Infield, 19, of Orrville, were arrested in Miller's room, where Miller allegedly was found with seven bags of marijuana and admitted to selling marijuana twice in the last couple days.

Jenkins said Miller used fabric softener sheets "to conceal or mask the scent of marijuana." Infield was charged with complicity to trafficking in marijuana.

Police also charged Delapa, 18, of Copley with possession of dangerous drugs after officers found he possessed a single Diazepam pill without a prescription.

Wyatt Grindley, 18, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, after marijuana and a pipe were found in his room.

According to Jenkins, Grindley fainted while being interviewed by one of the detectives and was taken to Alliance Community Hospital, where he was treated and released.

All the other students arrested on the felony charges were taken to Stark County Jail, where they were booked and released pending their arraignment today in Alliance Municipal Court.

All the trafficking and complicity charges were elevated to a fourth-degree felony due to the drugs being sold at a school, Jenkins said.

All five are freshmen at the University of Mount Union.


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