July 28, 2014

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Wadsworth raid nets guns, drugs

WADSWORTH TWP. — The Medina County Drug Task Force raided a house on Beech Drive and arrested a 59-year-old man after reporting finding a large amount of marijuana and hashish.

Ronald W. Keyser, of 10031 Beech Drive, was charged with trafficking in drugs.

The task force executed a search warrant at the home shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday. The warrant was the result of an investigation led by a Wadsworth police officer who is also a member of the task force.

Three pounds of marijuana, several prepared packages of hashish and four handguns were confiscated, according to a post on the task force’s Facebook page.

Keyser was held in Medina County Jail until his video arraignment Friday before Wadsworth Municipal Court Judge Stephen B. McIllvaine.

Keyser was released on $30,000 bond after a relative posted bail. He is due back in court today for a preliminary hearing at 11:45 a.m.

Drug trafficking is a third-degree felony punishable by up to three years in prison.

Keyser faces several additional counts of drug trafficking as a result of the investigation, according to the task force’s Facebook post, but details were unavailable and task force agents could not be reached for comment.

Also on Friday, Wadsworth police arrested Ervin Webb, 53, of 210 Euclid Ave., Wadsworth, on multiple warrants from the Medina County Sheriff’s Office charging him with unlawful purchase of pseudoephedrine, the drug most commonly used to make methamphetamines.

Webb faces six charges involving purchasing the drug, all dating from Jan. 26 and the most recent from June 1.

His hearing Monday before McIlvaine was via video from Medina County Jail.

Webb was released after posting a $1,000, 10 percent cash, bond on each charge.

Unlawful purchase of pseudoephedrine is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

His arraignment was continued until July 27 and he was referred to the public defender’s office.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.