Portage drug task force makes arrest in Kent

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published:

The Portage County Drug Task Force recently arrested a Kent man who already has a felony drug conviction following a raid on his residence resulting from an alleged domestic disturbance.

Agents arrested Charles W. Stehney, 43, of 527 N. Willow St. in Kent, on charges of trafficking in marijuana in the presence of a juvenile, a fourth-degree felony, and one count each of aggravated possession of drugs and obstructing justice, both fifth-degree felonies, on June 13.

The Kent Police Department called the drug task force to respond to Stehney's address following a domestic disturbance, Portage County Sheriff David Doak said, after an officer detected "a strong odor" of marijuana. A search revealed methamphetamine, suspected LSD, marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside the residence, Doak said.

Stehney posted $1,000 bond following his arraignment in Portage County Municipal Court. He has a previous conviction for cultivation of marijuana.

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  • I don't get why the local cops always have to call in the homeland security or drug task force for what seems like something they could take care of themselves. Can the local cops only work on domestic disturbances and not some guy with pot?? Seems like overkill or double paying of the tax dollars in Kent.