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Task force arrests Warren man on numerous drug charges



Published: Sun, July 12, 2009 @ 12:00 a.m.

STAFF REPORT

WARREN — Investigative work that spanned three months by a law-enforcement task force resulted in the arrest of a city man, who faces numerous charges, including drug trafficking.

Lt. Jeff Orr, project commander of the Trumbull-Ashtabula Group Law Enforcement Task Force, said investigators arrested Michael Kuntz in his upstairs apartment on North Park Avenue on Saturday.

Orr said the task force had been working for three months on its investigation involving suspected drug trafficking.

Kuntz is in the Trumbull County Jail without bond until his arraignment Monday in Warren Municipal Court.

Though investigators are still determining specific charges, Kuntz is facing multiple charges of trafficking and possession of cocaine and marijuana, receiving stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal possession of a firearm, and other firearms offenses, according to a task force press release.

The press release says some drug possession and trafficking offenses are felonies.

Kuntz, 31, has a prior criminal history involving offenses of violence, firearms and escape.

The investigation, search and arrest required the assistance of the Ohio State Highway Patrol and their Special Response Team, the Cleveland Police Narcotics Unit, Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Division and the Lordstown Police Department.

Orr said task force investigators and assisting officers from the sheriff’s office and the Lordstown police searched Kuntz’s residence late Friday and into early Saturday and recovered these items:

UMore than 2 pounds of suspected cocaine, several pounds of suspected marijuana, surveillance camera, drug paraphernalia, cell phones and digital scale.

UMore than $3,000, prescription drugs, ammunition, a gun-cleaning kit, night-vision goggles, laptop computer, three loaded firearms including a submachine gun, vacuum sealer and other miscellaneous items.

Additional items recovered from the scene include a large collection of Barbie dolls and power tools that were identified as stolen property.

The TAG Law Enforcement Task Force is a multicounty major crimes unit that focuses investigations on drug traffickers, firearm traffickers, gangs and homeland security.


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