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Couple facing charges for running drug operation while caring for mentally disabled woman

TNS Regional News • Jul 1, 2014 at 11:07 AM

A North Kingsville couple is facing charges after a drug cultivation and trafficking operation was found in their home, where they care for a mentally disabled woman.

Ashtabula County Sheriff’s Department deputies were alerted to a possible issue with the 22-year-old woman’s safety after her father asked deputies to conduct a welfare check on her because of an alarming conversation he heard during a phone call, according to the Sheriff’s report.

The woman’s mother has guardianship over her.

The woman’s father told deputies he has been concerned for his daughter’s safety for some time, but recently overheard her mother’s live-in boyfriend being verbally abusive to his daughter during a phone call, according to the report.

The woman reportedly told her father, her mother and the boyfriend have control over her social security money and she recently checked her bank account and all her money was gone, according to the report.

A deputy, as well as two North Kingsville Police Department officers  went to the couple’s home, in the 2500 block of Middle Road, to conduct a welfare check on June 29, according to the report.

The 22-year-old was found to be home alone, with no idea as to where her mother and the boyfriend were. She reportedly told the officers she is often left home alone, according to the report.

She also told officers her mother’s boyfriend is verbally abusive to her and has been physically abusive in the past. She reportedly said she has not been feeling well recently but was told she could not go to the doctor because her Medicaid did not cover doctor visits, according to the report.

She told officers she felt something in the house was making her ill.

Officers began looking for the couple to make sure they were not at home. When officers entered the basement, they observed a large indoor grow tent which they recognized to be used almost exclusively for the cultivation of marijuana, according to the report.

Numerous small pots and potting-related paraphernalia was also found in the tent. The tent was also not properly ventilated which officers suspected to be what was making the daughter ill, according to the report.

When the couple arrived home, the boyfriend began making verbally abusive comments toward the daughter while she was being treated by emergency medical personnel. She was eventually transported to Ashtabula County Medical Center for evaluation, according to the report.

Officers were given consent to search the residence and found numerous items of contraband, cultivation items, drug trafficking items and drugs located throughout the residence, according to the report.

Abou three kilograms of marijuana, as well as items for preparation, packing and distribution of the controlled substance were located in the home, according to the report.

The report has been forwarded to the Ashtabula County Prosecutor’s Office for possible charges.


By  Stacy Millberg - Star Beacon, Ashtabula, Ohio (MCT)

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