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November 13, 2010

Conneaut police seize 8 pounds of marijuana

CONNEAUT — Felony drug charges await a Conneaut man caught with nearly 8 pounds of marijuana earlier this week, police said.

Jabrail Wofford, 21, 448 Sandusky St., has been charged with two felony counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, as well as aggravated menacing and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors, a Conneaut Municipal Court spokeswoman said.

A preliminary hearing on the drug charges has been set for 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Police grabbed more than 6 pounds of the drug while investigating a domestic complaint on Sunday and found the balance after serving a search warrant one day later, officers said.

According to an affidavit police filed with the court to justify the search warrant, the incident began Sunday, when officers were dispatched to a house in the 400 block of Sandusky Street for a domestic violence complaint. Upon arrival, officers saw Wofford place a shoe box containing marijuana, along with a duffel bag, into the rear of his vehicle.

Police grabbed the shoe box and had to tussle with Wofford before he was taken into custody. During the fight, another man took the duffel bag from the vehicle and ran into Wofford’s house, according to the affidavit. Moments later, police were able to retrieve the bag, which contained approximately 5 pounds of marijuana, according to the court document.

Wofford was taken to jail, and a conversation he had with another inmate — overheard by officers — indicated more of the drug could be found in the house, according to the affidavit. The following day, police secured a search warrant and discovered a bag of marijuana, along with a bag of marijuana seeds, a .22-caliber gun, ammunition and other items. In all, some 8 pounds of marijuana were confiscated, said Detective Sgt. Charles Burlingham.

“It was good quantity of weed,” Burlingham said.

Also arrested at the scene was Wofford’s girlfriend, identified as Keleigh Dioneff, 21, 448 Sandusky St., after she reportedly jumped on the back of one of the arresting officers, Burlingham said. She has been charged with assault, resisting arrest and aggravated disorderly conduct, all misdemeanors.

Additional charges may be pending against Wofford for damage he reportedly caused to the city jail Tuesday afternoon, police said.

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