ASHLAND – Four men were arrested at a home in the 200 block of East Ninth Street, one of them a federal fugitive on weapons charges who was hiding in the attic.
The prime suspect was 20-year-old federal fugitive Draven Douglas Warters, according to Anne Murphy, a public affairs officer for the US Marshals Service in Cleveland.
“He was wanted for probation violations with underlying weapons charges,” Murphy said.
Ashland Police Department officers assisted with the raid, which took place at 9:52 a.m. Tuesday. according to Ashland Police Capt. Craig Kiley.
“He was hiding in the attic,” Kiley said of Warters.
Officers removed the man from the attic and arrested him. His initial charge was to fail to appear.
While police were at the home, officers asked the three other men at the residence for their names.
“We learned that another issue was giving a false name,” Kiley said. “We helped find out who it was.”
That man was 21-year-old Justin Ryan Stapleton.
“He had a warrant out for his arrest and they were looking for him outside of Richland County,” Kiley said.
Stapleton was charged with forgery, obstruction of official business, and failure to appear.
Gage Dale Kirkpatrick, 21, was arrested on drug paraphernalia and counterfeiting charges.
Caden Alec Dillon, 25, was arrested for violating probation.
They found ‘suspicious narcotics’ in the house
Once the arrests were made, officers obtained a search warrant to search the rest of the home.
The police found what they call “suspicious narcotics.” Potential drugs are being tested in a laboratory.
If the test proves there were drugs in the home, the suspects could face additional charges.
“Some of this is going through the District Attorney’s Office to be reviewed for felonies,” Kiley said.
As for what activities might have been going on at the home, police aren’t sure yet.
“It will be an ongoing investigation,” Kiley said.
This article originally appeared in the Ashland Times Gazette: Four arrested at Ashland home where ‘suspicious narcotics’ were found