Seven arrested overnight on drug charges

The Lawrence County Special Investigations Unit (SIU) apprehended seven individuals Thursday night and Friday morning on drug-related charges, said Ellwood City police chief Mark Romutis. 

All of the individuals were picked up in and around Ellwood City, and each of them will be facing charges of either possession of narcotics and/or possession of narcotics with the intent to deliver. 

One of the suspects was arrested after fleeing police at approximately 1:40 a.m. Friday morning from My House Bar in Ellwood City.  When officers from Ellwood City tried to question the individual, he fled the scene. The K-9 officer was deployed and the man was quickly apprehended – he was charged with assault along with the original drug charge. 

Two of the suspects are already in the Lawrence County Jail while the other five are still being processed. Chief Romutis said that the drugs involved were prescription pills, marijuana, and crack cocaine. 

Last night (Thursday), police departments from around the area began a mass patrol of officers known as a “saturation patrol.”  A classic example of a saturation patrol is a DUI Checkpoint.  The patrol consisted of traffic stops, looking for those on parole, etc. 

The Lawrence County SIU consists of Ellwood City, New Wilmington, New Castle, Neshannock, Shenango, and Union police departments, and also is assisted by the Pennsylvania State Police, Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, and State and County Probation/Parole Offices. 

The names of the seven accused were not given at the present time.  As they are released, will report them.

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