Man indicted on charge of keeping a drug house


A man who has served previous time in federal prison on drug charges was indicted this by a federal grand jury on charges he kept a house for selling and using drugs as well as firearm violations.

Rafael Samaniego, 26, of West Marion Avenue, was indicted on charges of maintaining a drug involved premises; possession with intent to distribute marijuana; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crimes and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The charges stem from an April 10 search warrant served at a 42 W. Marion Ave. home by city police where they found 34 bags of marijuana, a bag of crack cocaine, a .40-caliber pistol in his living room, a .22-caliber pistol in his car and a digital scale with drug residue on it.

Samaniego was convicted in previously in U.S. Northern District Court of Ohio on drug crimes and is not allowed to have a weapon.

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