Mahoning grand jury indicts deputy sheriff on drug charge

staff report

YOUNGSTOWN — A Mahoning County deputy sheriff has been indicted by the county grand jury on a single count of permitting drug abuse at her South Side residence.

After the case was directly presented to the grand jury, the indictment was returned Thursday against Deputy Angela Eaddy. 53, of 56 Garfield St., who has worked for the county for nine years and was most recently assigned to road patrol.

The fifth-degree felony charge, which carries a possible prison term of six months to a year, says the deputy knowingly permitted her residence to be used by someone else to commit a felony-level drug offense on March 31.

Immediately after police raided her home on that date, Eaddy was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a departmental internal affairs investigation, said Sheriff Randall A. Wellington.

The sheriff’s contract with FOP Lodge 141 requires that deputies be placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of internal affairs probes or criminal charges. That leave can last for up to 90 days, Wellington said.

Judge Robert Milich of Youngstown Municipal Court issued the search warrant for the 21‚Ñ2-story wooden-frame house.

Among the items police said they seized in the vice squad raid were two deputy badges and a Forum Health identification in Eaddy’s name, rifles and handguns, a .45-caliber magazine with eight live rounds, an ammunition box containing 44 .45-caliber bullets and three glass crack pipes.

The affidavit in support of the search warrant, which was signed by Officer Chad Zubal, said police were advised by a reliable informant in September 2008 that crack cocaine was being sold at 56 Garfield St.

During surveillance, police said they noticed numerous people go to the house, stay only a short time and leave — a pattern police said is common in illegal narcotic sales.

An informant made controlled buys of crack cocaine for police at that house in September 2008, January 2009 and March 2009, the affidavit said.

“That is definitely not me. I was nowhere in sight when all this occurred,” Eaddy said of the raid.

The indictment contains a notice that Eaddy is barred from possessing, carrying or using any firearm while this criminal charge is pending.

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