Two Ravenna Township residents have been arrested and charged in connection with the illegal sale of synthetic drugs, banned by Ohio law in 2011, out of a Streetsboro business.
The Portage County Drug Task Force arrested and booked Robert J. Schormik III, 35, and Tara N. Toth, 24, both of 5688 S. Prospect St., into the Portage County jail on Tuesday. Schormik has been charged with trafficking in drugs, a second-degree felony, and Toth with obstructing justice, a fifth-degree felony. Toth also is being held on outstanding forgery warrants out of Cuyahoga County, according to Portage County Sheriff David Doak.
Schormik posted $5,000 bond following his arraignment Wednesday and was freed pending future court dates. He also posted $1,000 bond for Toth, according to court records.
Doak said drug task force agents executed search warrants at Flyin' High Novelty, 1597 S.R. 303 in Streetsboro, as well as Schornick and Toth's residence, following a three-month investigation.
Doak said agents received "numerous" complaints of the synthetic, amphetamine-like drugs known as "bath salts" being sold at Flyin' High Novelty, including to juveniles. Agents then conducted undercover operations at the store, where both "bath salts" and synthetic cannabis, aka "K-2" or "spice," also were purchased. Both are illegal under a state law that took effect in October 2011.
During the search, agents found 1.5 kilograms of "spice" hidden above the ceiling tiles at the store. Additional "spice," "bath salts" and drug paraphernalia were recovered at Schornick and Toth's residence, according to Doak.
Additional charges are possible once the case is presented to a Portage County grand jury for review.
Agents also conducted a sweep of Portage County on Monday looking for illegal marijuana plants. With the assistance of Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation agents, a search uncovered more than 200 large marijuana plants with a street value of more than $200,000, Doak said.
The Portage County Task Force is comprised of officers from the Aurora, Garrettsville, Kent, Hiram, Ravenna, Streetsboro, and Windham police departments, the Portage County Sheriff's Office, Portage County Prosecutor's Office, DEA and U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Suspected drug activity can be reported by calling 330-296-8626 or by sending an email to email@example.com.