Pair charged with drug, weapons charges in Warren

WARREN — A couple are facing drug and weapons charges after a Wednesday afternoon traffic stop on the city’s northwest side.

Ryan L. Howard, 28, 621 Buckeye St. NW, Warren, was charged with carrying concealed weapons and having a weapon under disability, and Jessica L. Bittner, 27, 38725 Norwalk Road, Litchfield, was charged with possession of drug abuse instruments and carrying concealed weapons.

Warren officers were assisting another law enforcement agency on a human trafficking investigation when the traffic stop occurred, according to a police report. During a search of Bittner, officers found a used capped hypodermic syringe along with several folded and rolled up bindles of paper in her front right hoodie pocket, the report states.

During a search of the vehicle, officers found a gun stuffed between the front passenger seat and the center console.

Both remain at the Trumbull County Jail and are due back in court next week, court records show