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Agents sweep Niles home for drugs

NILES — The TAG Drug Task Force, Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office and the Niles Police Department conducted a sweep Thursday of a known drug house on Robbins Avenue that was suspected of selling illegal narcotics, including fentanyl.

A search warrant was obtained, and agents — including those with the Ohio State Highway Patrol — recovered small amounts of suspected fentanyl, suspected crack cocaine and scales. Agents also recovered suspected counterfeit Xanax pills. The pills were found in packaging material that was labeled in a foreign language, according to a news release prepared by TAG Commander Capt. Tony Villaneuva.

There were three adults and two children present during the search of the home, which is across the street from a daycare, the release states.

For safety reasons, police officers and deputies blocked off busy Robbins Avenue for a short time during the search. Villaneuva said evidence will be sent to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation for testing.

No arrests were made, however, charges are pending after the BCI testing of the evidence. Cellphones were also seized at the home, Villaneuva said.

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