Raid details discussed

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – A press conference was held Thursday morning at the Belmont County jail detailing the results of Wednesday’s four-locale drug bust.

Officers from the Belmont County Sheriff’s Office, Belmont County Drug Task Force and Ohio’s Bureau Criminal of Investigation raided the Shadyside Party Center, Bridgeport Trading Post and Bob’s Cheap Smokes in St. Clairsville, along with the private residence of Trading Post owner Debbie DeAngelis.

The raid was targeted at located synthetic marijuana, known as K2.

DeAngelis, 58, was arrested and charged with trafficking, a third-degree felony. She is being held without bond at the Belmont County Jail.

According to figures released at the press conference, roughly 16,000 individual packets of K2 were confiscated, along with 17 guns and a substantial amount of cash.

“This is not the first time we’ve warned business owners to stop selling synthetic drugs or face the consequences, yet some store owners continue to knowingly profit off the addictive nature of these substances,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine through a press release. “(Wednesday’s) raids just go to show that if you are selling these drugs, law enforcement will find out.”

For more information, check out Friday’s edition of The Times Leader.