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Boardman man indicted on multitude of drug charges

YOUNGSTOWN — Michael J. Behanna, 42, of Chester Drive in Boardman, was indicted Thursday on a long list of drug charges following an Aug. 9 traffic stop in Austintown.

Officers reported they seized 42 grams (1.5 ounces) of cocaine, 127 grams of marijuana, 10 grams of methamphetamine and 18 ecstasy pills.

He is indicted on one count of cocaine possession; three counts of aggravated drug possession; two counts of drug possession; two counts of selling, purchasing or delivering drugs; possession of counterfeit controlled substances; and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia. All include specifications of forfeiture of money in a drug case, or forfeiture of property.

According to a police report, officers pulled over a vehicle just after 6 p.m. Aug. 9 on Woodland Trace Street. During the encounter, Behanna was shaking and sweating.

Police found his registration had expired, and the vehicle had to be towed. He did not give permission to search the vehicle, but police found contraband in plain view and searched the vehicle, the report states.

Behanna argued with police about going through his vehicle several times and was detained.

The report states that police found a white powdery substance inside a can of lemonade that had a false top. A bag in the vehicle also contained the larger amount of cocaine, marijuana, several items of drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine and pills.

The substances were tested, and all came back positive, according to police. Police also found $847 on the driver, the report states.

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