COURT Restraining order sought in drug trafficking probe
The restraint would prevent Marsha Klasovsky from selling property.
YOUNGSTOWN -- A restraining order is being sought to prevent the sale of properties that once housed marijuana factories in Goshen Township and West Middlesex, Pa.
Linda H. Barr, an assistant U.S. attorney, filed a "pre-indictment" motion in Youngstown federal court asking that a protective order be issued for 13462 Pricetown Road in Goshen and 1745 State Line Road in West Middlesex. She said the properties will be subject to forfeiture once Marsha Klasovsky, 57, the subject of a drug trafficking investigation, is indicted.
Barr said in court papers that Klasovsky holds an interest in both properties. The federal prosecutor said failure to have a protective order will result in the properties' being destroyed or otherwise made unavailable for forfeiture upon conviction.
The motion is pending.
An affidavit from John P. Avery, a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, was included with the motion to explain the case.
Avery said the Youngstown DEA task force used a search warrant at 13462 Pricetown Road last month and discovered a marijuana cultivation operation inside a pole building on the 57-acre farm. Agents found 266 marijuana plants and sophisticated cultivation equipment, including specialized lighting and automatic watering/feeding devices.
At 1745 State Line Road, Klasovsky's residence, agents found 700 marijuana plants and 100 plants being processed, Avery said.
Round-the-clock surveillance, including video, was conducted three months before the search warrant at the Pricetown Road property. During that time, Klasovsky and Stephen Foundoulis, 59, of 957 Fairway Drive, Warren, were seen entering and leaving the pole building where the marijuana operation was located, Avery said.
Also in January, Warren police and BCI agents raided Foundoulis' residence in Warren and recovered documents and records related to the investigation.
During the surveillance period, Klasovsky and Foundoulis were pulled over by an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper on a ruse traffic stop when they left the Pricetown Road property, Avery said. The trooper made the stop to identify the occupants of the 2004 Chevrolet van.
The trooper, when he approached the van, Avery said, detected a strong odor of marijuana. He also said he saw four large trash bags and containers in the cargo area, with a marijuana plant sticking out of one of the bags.
After identifying Klasovsky and Foundoulis, the trooper let them go, according to Avery's affidavit.
Avery said Klasovsky visited the Goshen Township property three to four times a week during the surveillance period. With one exception, she arrived under the cover of darkness, he said.
The DEA task force includes police from Salem, Boardman, Poland Village, Warren, Beaver, Canfield and Youngstown and agents with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation.