July 2, 2016

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Task force arrests three on drug charges

The Medina County Drug Task Force made three drug arrests this week in two days.

On Tuesday, agents arrested two 17-year-old juveniles from Lodi on charges of trafficking marijuana.

According to the task force, two adult men also were involved in the sale that was in progress when agents made the arrest. Lodi police assisted in the arrest.

The task force reported it received a tip that one of the teens was involved in drug trafficking and placed him under surveillance.

The two juveniles were taken to the Medina County Juvenile Detention Facility to await an appearance before Medina County Juvenile Court Judge Kevin Dunn.

The two adults were not immediately charged and their case will be referred to the Medina County Prosecutor’s Office.

On Monday, agents and Wadsworth police officers served a search warrant at a Portage Street address in Wadsworth.

The search was the result of a two-month investigation into several complaints of alleged drug trafficking at the home, according to the task force. Some of the complaints involved the sale of drugs to juveniles.

During the search, agents found marijuana, drug paraphernalia, various prescription drugs, and what they believe to be cocaine. Two 17-year-olds were found in the house along with several adults.

Marie Espie, 26, 332 Portage St., Wadsworth, was arrested and charged with illegally possessing a prescription drug, a fifth-degree felony.

The task force said additional charges are likely against Espie and the other adults in the house once an investigation is complete.

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