Police dismantle large methamphetamine network


ASHTABULA — An Ashtabula man faces felony drug charges after police reportedly found large quantities of methamphetamine and cash inside his vehicle and home in Geneva early Monday morning.

Randy S. Delano, 38, was arrested in the 6100 block of West Maple Road in Geneva Township. During the search, police seized a total of six firearms, digital scales and packing, 33 grams of crystal meth and 293 grams of marijuana, according to police.

Delano made his first court appearance Monday afternoon in Ashtabula Municipal Court on charges of trafficking in methamphetamine. He’s incarcerated in the Ashtabula City jail on a $500,000 bond.

The arrest and subsequent drug bust was conducted by members of the Ashtabula Police Department Narcotics Investigative Unit, agents with Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Cleveland Office. 

Ashtabula police initiated the investigation.

During the subsequent drug bust, police executed a search warrant of the house and a vehicle in the 1300 block of West 8th Street in Ashtabula. Investigators seized about 2.2 pounds of crystal meth, with a street value of more than $22,000, and about $3,000 cash. 

An additional $21,000 in cash and 3.5 pounds of crystal meth also were seized by police.

“The Ashtabula Police Department Narcotics Investigation Unit thanks all of our partners for assisting in this investigation, which has dismantled a substantial meth distribution network,” said Ashtabula Police Detective Michael Palinkas. “We expect additional charges to be filed as the investigation continues.”

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