June 29, 2016

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2 men arrested on drug-trafficking charges

WADSWORTH — Medina County Drug Task Force agents and Wadsworth police officers arrested three people Thursday in two separate drug investigations.

Ryan J. Grifa, 32, of Akron, is accused of selling heroin and “bath salts” to an undercover agent from the drug task force. Wadsworth police arrested him following a traffic stop at 2:30 p.m. Thursday on a charge of trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony, according to a press release from the task force.

Two passengers in Grifa’s car also were taken into custody. One was released without being charged. The second, Amber Boyer, 26, of Wadsworth, had a felony warrant out for her arrest and was released to deputies from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, the release said.

At about 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nicholas H. Bianco, 28, of Akron, was arrested after allegedly selling prescription medication and marijuana, the release said.

Drug task force agents reportedly saw Bianco walking through a parking lot at Silvercreek Road and Broad Street while smoking marijuana. He is accused of making an exchange of illegal narcotics and money with another person before leaving the area, according to the release.

Wadsworth police assisted in stopping Bianco, who was charged with trafficking in drugs, a third-degree felony.

Grifa and Bianco were in the Medina County Jail on $30,000 bond each Friday, a jail spokeswoman said.

The “bath salts” Grifa allegedly sold are not your typical bath salts such as Calgon or other legitimate bath salts, task force Director Gary Hubbard said.

“It is a man-made synthetic compound that people have found can create a ‘high’ similar to an LSD and cocaine combination,” he said.

“These ‘bath salts’ create a tremendous paranoia in users,” Hubbard said. “This paranoia makes the user extremely dangerous to themselves, the public and first responders who may arrive to offer assistance.”

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