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Cuyahoga County man receives drug treatment in bath salts offense

By Dave O'Brien | Staff Writer Published: November 19, 2012 4:00 AM
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A Cuyahoga County man caught with illegal synthetic drugs during a raid on a Streetsboro business last winter will attend court-ordered drug treatment instead of doing jail or prison time.

Brendan W. Ryan, 29, of North Olmsted, recently was granted drug treatment in lieu of conviction by Portage County Common Pleas Judge Laurie Pittman.

Pittman found that Ryan's crime -- possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony -- met the criteria for treatment in lieu of conviction. He was found to be drug dependent by a certified addiction specialist, drug abuse was a factor in the crime and Ryan has no prior felony crimes on his record, she said.

Pittman said Ryan must attend a qualifying treatment program, do outpatient care, use no drugs for at least one year, attend three addiction recovery meetings per week for a year and find a home group and sponsor in order to have his charge vacated and the case closed.

Ryan pleaded guilty to the lone felony charge in September. He was caught possessing the illegal, synthetic hallucinogenic drugs known as "bath salts" during a raid by the Portage County Drug Task Force on the Twilight Boutique at 9334 S.R. 43 in Streetsboro on Feb. 14.

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Ryan's arrest, the raid on that business and two others in Kent followed a one-month long investigation by the drug task force into the alleged sale of synthetic drugs at the three businesses. Bath salts were banned in Ohio in 2011.

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ddawg Mar 11, 2013 5:58 PM

Meanwhile twilight is still selling spice. i went there to check them out..1st they they wanted to sell me was the "NEW" legal spice they claim. said its a big seller for them.But I was not interested in spice I just wanted a new pipe . but the selection was horrible so i went to daystar in lakewood

anonymous Nov 19, 2012 7:33 PM

I agree, Dave O'brien needs to assist the drug/prostitution task farce. Heck, from what ima hearin "lyin" larry and Major "Chaos" formed a new task force? Ya gettin alittle heat there Davey? Just alittle advice Mr. O'brien, be careful, especially wit dat guy dats in charge of da defective bureau. His credibility and integrity are in need of alittle PATCH job.

anonymous Nov 19, 2012 6:55 PM

@ BLOWPOP. You're right, my bad. The dealer a.k.a. the store owner did get charged too didn't he? What happened with his case? Man, driving from North Olmsted to Streetsboro for some drugs. Couldn't find anything closer? He must REALLY be drug dependent!!!

anonymous Nov 19, 2012 10:05 AM

I think this is the mope that walked into the headshop while being in possession of the synthetic drug!

@ stilllaffing, want a good laugh? Them cruisers that Dale kelly had to have are still sitting at the motorpool waiting on another 30.000 for equiptment! These mopes cant do math obviously, but they love spending money that they dont have. They are upside down like 250g's or more and keep asking the commisioners for money! It reminds me of a spoiled high school kid with rich parents! Mommy Daddy please can I have have some more money!! The parents know that their kid is a f&ck-up but doesnt want them to fail so they just keep giving them more and more even though they are going farther and farther in debt! The spoiled kids sibling that work hard and dont ask for anything but deserve a 3% raise on their allowance but wont get it because the spoiled baby brother used all the money!

We wont see the cruisers out of the gates till next year sometime maybe and we wont see your officers getting a raise anytime in the furure! **** keep spending like Obama, who cares? The next guy will have to deal with it!

Maybe the task force can get you a big multi million dollar bust and fix the debt problem? HA Ha just kidding, they cant even keep assets they seize.. Larry and Dale like to take cars n houses just so they can be givin back! I guess you can look at it like santa and his elves! ho ho ho merry x mas heres your belongings back!!

Were still waiting for some action up in Aroura!

I just heard that nelson ledges Quarry park had a record year for sales! Thanks to the Sheriff and his mopes! Havent read on article about any bust in the park this summer! Is that weird or coincidence? Its like that visa commercial "who is your back pocket!!

Hey Obrien, I think you should change the "report abuse" button to "report DRUG abuse" Cmon bro help the task force out!!

anonymous Nov 19, 2012 9:18 AM

The courts and the drug rehab people are in bed together. the more referals, the more grant money. The court makes money, rehab makes money, mean while, we, the taxpayer, pay the bill.

anonymous Nov 19, 2012 6:55 AM

A dealer who owns a "shop". All of the sudden he's drug dependent. What a joke.