CONNEAUT — A Summit County man was arrested in Conneaut on Nov. 17 with more than 5 ounces of methamphetamine, along with other drugs and paraphernalia.
Wayne Williams of Akron was stopped after failing to signal a turn near Love’s Travel Stop in Conneaut. Patrolman Daric Wise conducted the stop, according to the Conneaut Police Department. Wise’s K-9 partner, Cash, signaled that there were drugs inside the car.
After a search of the vehicle, 5.5 ounces of methamphetamine were found, along with heroin, fentanyl, crack cocaine, and suboxone. Police also found more than $1,800 in cash in the vehicle.
Williams has been charged with possession of drug abuse instruments, possession of drug paraphernalia, and failure to signal a turn. Williams has a long criminal history, according to the Conneaut Police department.
Charges for possession of drugs are waiting on the result of lab tests to determine exactly what the substances are, Conneaut Police Chief Michael Colby said. Felony charges are expected, and will likely be transferred to Common Pleas Court, Colby said.
There were “fair amounts” of heroin, fentanyl, crack and suboxone, Colby said.
City residents raised $20,000 in 2016, enough to finance a pair of K-9 officers.
“Community support for our K-9 program makes enforcement efforts such as this one possible,” Colby said in a statement.
Williams has been convicted of two counts of illegal manufacture of drugs, two counts of illegal assembly/possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs, and two counts of aggravated possession of drugs, all in Summit County, according to court records.
“It was just good, heads-up police work,” Colby said.
Conneaut Council President Debbie Newcomb praised the police.
“I think it’s great, the collaboration we have for these kind of situations,” Newcomb said. “[It’s] unfortunate that we have to have that type of a drug bust, but I think our law enforcement and those involved handled it very well and kept the public safe.”