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Task force arrests Akron man, seizes 11 pounds of methamphetamine

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Posted at 11:00 AM, Jan 24, 2020

AKRON, Ohio — A raid to find a wanted fugitive in Akron on Thursday resulted not only in his arrest, but in the seizure of more than 11 pounds of methamphetamine as well as other drugs, a stolen gun and cash.

According to the Akron Police Department, members of the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, Akron's Anti-Violence Bureau and the Drug Enforcement Administration converged on a home in the 700 block of Raymond Street.

Authorities said that they were looking for a 30-year-old man named Juan Sheppard who had an active warrant out for having weapons under disability and a parole violation. When task force members arrived at the home, Sheppard tried to run out of the back door but was captured by authorities.

When authorities searched the home, they found more than 11 pounds of methamphetamine, 45 grams of marijuana, an undisclosed amount of oxycodone pills, three cell phones, a stolen .40-caliber handgun and around $13,000 in cash. They also seized various items used to traffic drugs, Akron police said.

Sheppard has been charged with possession of drugs, trafficking drugs, receiving stolen property, possession of schedule II drugs and possession of marijuana, authorities said.

Following his arrest, Sheppard was transported to the Summit County Jail.

According to Akron Municipal Court records, Sheppard is scheduled to appear in court on Saturday for an arraignment at 9 a.m.