North Lundy resident facing drug charges following raid

SALEM – Agents seized crack cocaine, heroin and Oxycodone tablets and made one arrest for felony drug possession after executing a search warrant Thursday afternoon in the 300 block of North Lundy Avenue.

Laura Blake, 47, of 343 N. Lundy Ave., was charged with one count of third-degree felony drug possession, but Columbiana County Drug Task Force Director Lt. Brian McLaughlin of the Sheriff’s Office said more charges are pending against her.

According to a DTF press release, the search warrant occurred after a four-month-long investigation. Items seized included more than 10 grams of crack cocaine, 3 grams of heroin and 32 Oxycodone tablets, scales and packaging materials.

McLaughlin said the current charges against Blake stem from the tablets. He said the brand name for the Oxycodone was Endocet, which is a painkiller similar to Percocet. He said they had reports from concerned citizens and with their investigation determined there was dealing going on out of the apartment.

The DTF served the search warrant with assistance from the Salem Police Department and the county Sheriff’s Office, including K-9 Jesy and her handler Lt. Allan Young. The police dog just started her duties this week.

According to online Columbiana County Common Pleas Court records, Blake was sentenced to seven months in prison in 2011 for multiple counts of receiving stolen property and forgery and seven months in prison in 2009 for receiving stolen property.

More recently she was placed on probation and ordered in county Municipal Court to serve three days in jail on Oct. 1 related to theft charges from earlier this year in Salem. She had also been sentenced to 10 days in jail in East Liverpool Municipal Court in August for a criminal trespass charge in St. Clair Township.