Officers raid two village homes

WELLSVILLE – Two homes on Clark Avenue were raided by police Wednesday morning with marijuana plants found at one location and heroin at another.

The Columbiana County Drug Task Force, Wellsville Police Department and the Columbiana County Sheriff’s Department served two search warrants.

The first at 1718 Clark Ave. netted 19 marijuana plants. In different stages of development, the plants were found both inside and outside the house, where three adults and one child were present.

The second warrant was served at 1825 Clark Ave., where no one was home during the search. Along with a small amount of heroin, agents found suspected drug paraphernalia and packing materials, which were all seized.

In both cases charges are reportedly pending. Wellsville Police Chief Joe Scarabino said the case remains under investigation.

Scarabino credited vigilant concerned citizens as part of the effort to crack downs on drugs and illegal activity in the village. A march was held just last week by residents concerned about the rising numbers of drug overdose deaths in Wellsville.

“It’s actually very good police work,” Scarabino said. “It’s acting on all tips.”

He also credited drug task force investigators and the county commissioners for providing the village with $20,000 needed to help finance placing an officer from a small, financially struggling community on the task force.

“It’s a cohesive effort,” Scarabino said, adding the return to participation in the drug task force and local police talking and getting on the same page allows them to work quickly on tips from the community.

According to the Columbiana County Auditor’s Office, 1718 Clark Ave. is owned by Kimberly R. Martin, while 1825 Clark Ave. is owned by Amanda J. Rice. A different residential address is listed for Rice and it is unknown if one or both of the properties are rental.