A father and son duo from Windham Township have been charged with felony drug crimes -- and the father with a weapons offense -- after a search of a S.R. 303 residence by the Portage County Drug Task Force uncovered the synthetic marijuana-like drug known as "spice" as well as heroin, other drug paraphernalia and firearms.
According to Portage County Sheriff David Doak, drug task force agents conducted surveillance of property at 9089 S.R. 303 in Windham Township encountered suspected drug activity, and obtained a warrant to search the residence.
Recovered during a search were approximately six pounds of the synthetic drug known as "spice," as well as a quantity of heroin, drug paraphernalia and five rifles, according to the sheriff's office.
Arrested were Samuel J. Larlham, 41, and his son, Kyle J. Larlham, 18, both of 9089 S.R. 303. Samuel Larlham was charged with one count each of having weapons under disability, a third-degree felony, and trafficking in marijuana in the presence of a juvenile, a fourth-degree felony. Kyle Larlham was charged with trafficking in marijuana, a fifth-degree felony. Both were taken to the Portage County jail, Doak said.
Task force agents will present additional evidence to the Portage County Prosecutor's Office seeking additional charges, according to Doak.
Samuel Larlham is forbidden from owning or possessing firearms due to a September 2010 felony conviction in Portage County Common Pleas Court for illegal cultivation of marijuana. He served two years on probation and was released from supervision in October 2012.
Samuel Larlham was arraigned on the new charges, posted $2,500 bond and is free pending future court dates. Kyle Larlham is free on a personal recognizance bond pending future court dates. Conditions of their bonds are no consumption or possession of alcohol or drugs.
"Spice," also known as "K2," is said to give users a marijuana-like high and is sold in shops and online as "herbal incense" or "potpourri."
Its use and possession was banned in Ohio in October 2011.The drug reportedly causes rapid heart rates, vomiting, agitation, confusion and hallucination in users.
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