Pair facing drug charges

HOWLAND – Two people are due in court this morning following a drug bust at a Highlawn Avenue house Tuesday afternoon.

Rachel Chew, 28, is charged with drug trafficking, drug possession and possession of materials for manufacturing drugs. Michael Chew, 22, is charged with drug trafficking.

The pair was arrested about 2 p.m. at 3836 Highlawn Ave., where Trumbull-Ashtabula Group Law Enforcement Task Force Lt. Jeff Orr said police found methamphetamine, scales and the remnants of chemicals involved in making the drug.

“We’re doing more heroin than meth [busts], but they both have their own intricate markets,” Orr said.

There was no one at the house when Howland police and TAG arrived. However, Rachel Chew was apprehended by police after she drove up to the home. Michael Chew was called to the house, then arrested.

“The female drove by and was picked up,” Orr said.

While there was not a lab set up in the residence and Orr said the amount of drugs they found was not substantial, the home had been under investigation for the last couple months.

The chemicals found were neutralized and removed from the house later in the day. Orr said authorities are waiting on lab results while the investigation is ongoing.

The two were being held in the Trumbull County Jail and are expected to be arraigned today in Warren Municipal Court.

Neighbor Steve Ebert, 40, said he has lived two houses down from 3836 Highlawn for about three and a half years. He said the house is occupied by the couple and possibly one or two children.

“They haven’t even been their a year,” he said Tuesday afternoon.

Ebert said he never noticed anything suspicious about the home or its occupants, noting that it is a rental property and that there are never an excess of cars outside.

Orr confirmed that the two children from the residence were given over to the temporary custody of family members and CSB was notified of their case.