Cereal not a ‘lucky charm’ for trio during arrests

NILES — The cereal they had is known to be “magically delicious,” but even a box of Lucky Charms couldn’t hide an assortment of drug paraphernalia.

A traffic stop Friday resulted in several arrests and police finding numerous drugs, as well as pipes, needles and a gas mask bong in a box of Lucky Charms, according to police.

Michael Strohmeyer, 28, of Warren, a passenger in the car, was arrested on a warrant on a felony theft charge, failure to comply and driving under suspension. Driver James William Johnson, 28, of Warren, who has no driver’s license, was arrested on charges of drug possession after police found him in possession of suspected marijuana, crack cocaine, heroin and prescription painkillers. Michelle Rafferty, 34, of Warren, also a passenger in the car, was brought to Niles Municipal Court on charges of obstructing justice and released on bond.

Police first tried to stop a car near the Cottage Inn, 5318 Youngstown Warren Road, around 2:30 a.m. and a shoeless man ran from the car and police couldn’t find him, according to Niles police Lt. Dan Adkins. Around 8 a.m., police were called back to the motel where they found Strohmeyer, Johnson and Rafferty pulling out in a Chevrolet Impala.

“We performed a traffic stop, and all were arrested,” Adkins said. “Strohmeyer was the shoeless man.”

Police found 4 grams of suspected heroin, 8.5 grams of suspected crack cocaine, 4.5 grams of suspected marijuana and painkillers, as well as drug paraphernalia, during the stop.

Jail records show Strohmeyer remained at the Trumbull County Jail as of Friday night and Johnson was released on bond early Friday. No court information was available Friday.