An alleged “cash only” drug house was raided by Blanchester police and a large amount of marijuana, suspected heroin and numerous other drug-related items were seized, according to Blanchester Police Chief Scott Reinbolt.
In addition to the drugs, Reinbolt said officers found a hand-written plan to burglarize a Blanchester business. The owner was notified of the plan.
Following a two-month investigation, Blanchester police served a search warrant at 919 S. Broadway, Apartment B, the residence of Nola Fideli, 46, and her adult son, Matthew Fideli, 27.
“Matthew Fideli and a 26-year-old Blanchester man fled from the home when the warrant was served, but they were apprehended by officers nearby,” Reinbolt said.
Matthew Fideli was arrested and initially charged with trafficking in marijuana. Nola Fideli was charged with permitting drug abuse. She was served a summons to appear in the Clinton County Municipal Court.
The unidentified Blanchester man who ran from the scene was not charged.
Reinbolt said police had been receiving tips from the public concerning drug trafficking at the residence, which is located next to a village park.
“A teenage girl from New Vienna was inside the residence at the time the search warrant was served,” Reinbolt said. “She was released to her mother.”
In addition to the marijuana, police seized items used to package and process marijuana for sale, marijuana seeds and information regarding the process for growing marijuana.
“Officers also found a small amount of suspected heroin, a multitude of used and new hypodermic needles and over 30 empty capsules of the sort used to package heroin for sale,” Reinbolt said.
While a “cash only” sign was on the exterior door to the residence, the police chief said officers did not confiscate cash from the occupants.
Evidence seized by police will be tested by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification in London, Ohio. Following an analysis, additional charges are expected, Reinbolt said.