Boardman police arrest 2 men on drug charges

The narcotics police also nabbed a fugitive from

BOARDMAN — Two Boardman men face gun and drug charges after their arrest when police used a search warrant to raid their Crestline Street home.

Jeffrey Hallock, 27, and Brandon Thomas, 23, were arrested Friday by the township police department’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit after police found a loaded handgun on their living room table and drugs in the house.

Police confiscated suspected LSD, cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the raid.

“Drugs and guns are a deadly combination, and we will not tolerate them in our community,” said chief Patrick Berarducci. “Sgt. Mike Hughes and his team of officers are stepping up the pressure on drug dealers that are in our community.”

Hallock is charged with possession of LSD, possession of marijuana, permitting drug abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He posted bond at the Boardman Police Department and has been released.

Thomas is charged with trafficking in marijuana, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and being a convicted felon in illegal possession of a firearm.

Thomas also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest alleging probation violation. He is in the Mahoning County Jail.

In other work, the narcotics officers arrested a fugitive from justice in an area motel.

Kristy Upole, 27, of Santa Barbara, Calif., was arrested on a California state warrant alleging human trafficking.

Upole gave officers three names before her identification was found. She said she fled from Santa Barbara after being sentenced to eight years in prison on the human trafficking charge. Upole will be held in the county jail pending her extradition.

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