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YOUNGSTOWN – Michael J. Behanna, 42, of Chester Drive in Boardman, was charged Thursday on a long list of drug charges following an August 9 traffic stop in Austintown.

Officers said they seized 42 grams, 1.5 ounces of cocaine, 127 grams of marijuana, 10 grams of methamphetamine and 18 ecstasy pills.

He is charged with one count of possession of cocaine; three counts of aggravated drug possession; two counts of drug possession; two counts of selling, buying or delivering drugs; possession of counterfeit controlled substances; and the illegal use or possession of drug-related accessories. All include specifications for confiscating money or property.

Police officers stopped a vehicle just after 6 p.m. August 9 on Woodland Trace, according to a police report. During the meeting, Behanna was shaking and sweating.

Police discovered that his registration had expired and the vehicle had to be towed. He did not give permission to search the vehicle, but police found contraband in plain sight and searched the vehicle, the report said.

Behanna argued with the police for crossing her vehicle several times and was arrested.

The report says police found a white powdery substance inside a lemonade can that had a fake lid. A bag in the vehicle also contained the largest amount of cocaine, marijuana, several items of drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine and pills.

The substances were tested and all came back positive, police said. Police also found $ 847 on the driver, the report says.

The other people indicted by a Mahoning County grand jury are:

• Ty’lend J. Lewis, 19, East Judson Avenue, improperly placing firearms in a motor vehicle.

• Isiah J. Helms, 22 Oregon Avenue, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle and failing to report as required by the undertaking.

• Pedro J. Bermudez Jr., 20, Rowland Street, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle.

• Jasper W. Sloat, 22, Mahoning County Jail, burglary with a firearm specification, seven counts of grand theft when property is a firearm or dangerous device and counts of Single charges of theft of a person from a protected classroom, tampering with evidence and carrying a concealed weapon.

• Charly A. Quesada, 40, avenue Sarnac, intimidation, reprisals, assault, obstruction of official business and resistance to arrest.

• Ray’mon C. Sims, 20, Outlook Avenue, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle.

• Michael G. Tiller, 25, Willow Drive, Boardman, carrying concealed weapon.

• Sydney E. Williams, 24 Wesley Avenue, two counts of felony, two counts of aggravated threat, and one count of criminal assault or endangerment.

• Mickele J. Glenn, 32, Jackson Street, Campbell, illegal transport of drugs of abuse on the property of a specified government facility, being a felon in possession of a firearm, improperly handling firearms in one motor vehicle, possession of cocaine, two counts of drug possession and one count of possession of an degraded firearm.

• Kemoni D. Sharpe, 20 Fairgreen Avenue, Aggravated Drug Possession with Specification of Forfeiture of Money in Drug Case.

• Joel Halstead, 44, Kuszmaul Avenue, Warren, theft and misuse of a credit card.

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