NEWTON FALLS - Two of the five people detained here in a Tuesday afternoon drug bust are expected to be arraigned today.
About 4 p.m. Tuesday, village police executed a search warrant at Cafe 534 Bar and Drive Thru, 115 S. Milton Blvd., which culminated in the detainment of five people and the discovery of narcotics, which the Newton Falls Police Department called ''a significant amount of contraband and illegal drugs.''
Scheduled to be arraigned today on charges of felony aggravated trafficking of drugs are Nicholas K. Reed, 20, 213 Newton Drive and Daniel J. Sherman, 21, 137 Orchard St.
Both men have been employees at Cafe 534, Sherman for approximately one year and Reed for the past six months, according to the bar's owner, Jeff Rock.
According to Detective Andy Harvey, the other three were taken into custody, one being an adult and the other two juveniles. Harvey added that the juveniles were released to their parents and the adult also was released and was not facing charges at this time.
The search warrant was the end result of an eight-month investigation into what police Chief John Kuivila calls a problem with heroin, meth and pills in the village.
Police would not say what drugs were found during the search.
Harvey said that as of Wednesday, Cafe 534's bar section had been reopened but the drive-through was to remain closed for a few more days.
Rock said the two employees charged do not reflect the business.
''They got arrested ... there are no charges against the owners of the bar or anyone affiliated with the bar,'' he said.
Rock, of Tampa, Fla., said he has owned the bar for 10 years and that they never have problems or fights, adding that the two men were ''just two dishonest employees.''
He added that they have already taken steps to rid the bar of the troubled element.
''We got rid of them all, including a bartender related to one of the employees and we're looking at hiring new staff,'' he said.
The Newton Falls Police Department would not comment further on the investigation except to say in a statement that it ''will continue to aggressively combat our community's growing drug problem in cooperation with other local, state and Federal agencies.''
Tribune reporter Adam Ferrise contributed to this report.