Traffic stop bust leads to charges

Boardman man indicted on drug counts

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 or property.

According to a police report, officers pulled over a vehicle just after 6 p.m. Aug. 9 on Woodland Trace. 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 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.

Others indicted by a Mahoning County grand jury are:

• Ty’lend J. Lewis, 19, East Judson Avenue, improperly handing firearms in a motor vehicle.

• Isiah J. Helms, 22, Oregon Avenue, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle and failure to appear as required by recognizance.

• Pedro J. Bermudez Jr., 20, Rowland Street, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle.

• Jasper W. Sloat, 22, Mahoning County jail, burglary with a gun specification, seven counts of grand theft when the property is a firearm or dangerous ordnance and single counts of theft from a person in a protected class, tampering with evidence and carrying a concealed weapon.

• Charly A. Quesada, 40, Sarnac Avenue, intimidation, retaliation, assault, obstructing official business and resisting arrest.

• Ray’mon C. Sims, 20, Outlook Avenue, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle.

• Michael G. Tiller, 25, Willow Drive, Boardman, carrying a concealed weapon.

• Sydney E. Williams, 24, Wesley Avenue, two counts of felonious assault, two counts of aggravated menacing and one count of criminal damaging or endangering.

• Mickele J. Glenn, 32, Jackson Street, Campbell, illegal conveyance of drugs of abuse onto the grounds of a specified governmental facility, being a felon in possession of a firearm, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, cocaine possession, two counts of drug possession and one count of possessing a defaced firearm.

• Kemoni D. Sharpe, 20, Fairgreen Avenue, aggravated drug possession with a specification of forfeiture of money in a drug case.

• Joel Halstead, 44, Kuszmaul Avenue, Warren, grand theft and misuse of a credit card.


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