Drug-Related Arrests on the Rise in Medina
Medina, Ohio has had some major issues with the prevalence of drugs within its community. Now, with a greater focus on reducing drug use and distribution within the area, there has been a surge of recent drug arrests in the city.
On July 14, Medina Chief of Police Patrick Berarducci announced that the city’s police department would sharpen its focus on drug crimes happening within the city. Within the next five weeks, 16 people were arrested and charged with drug trafficking alone. There were other arrests for drug crimes including drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and other types of drug crimes. Most of these arrests have happened through investigations conducted by a partnership of the Medina Police Department and the Medina County Drug Task Force.
The police department has taken a variety of steps to focus on drug crimes, including working with housing authorities and housing complexes to encourage landlords to take action against tenants believed to be using or distributing drugs, and cracking down on smaller crimes like vandalism, trespassing and various types of traffic crimes that may be related to drug crimes.
If you are accused of a drug crime in Medina or any other northeast Ohio community, it’s important to remember that you still have legal options. Do not allow police to conduct any illegal searches or seizures, and ask to see a warrant before allowing an officer on your property. Before you talk to police about anything possibly related to a crime, ask to speak to an attorney.
For more information about what to do if you face drug crime charges, speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney in the Cleveland area.