TALLMADGE — The case of an Akron man, charged with third-degree felony drug trafficking and several other felonies following his Aug. 22 arrest at the West Avenue Giant Eagle store, was sent to a Summit County grand jury Thursday, according to Stow Municipal Court records.
Terry M. Collum, 30, did not enter a plea to the charge, as well as to fifth-degree felony charges of identity theft, criminal simulation and drug possession and pleaded not guilty to fourth-degree misdemeanor drug paraphernalia possession at his Aug. 23 arraignment.
A second Akron man, age 33, who had been with Collum, did not enter a plea to a fifth-degree felony drug possession charge Aug. 23 and his case also was sent to a grand jury, like Collum’s, through the courts direct indictment program on Aug. 30. Both men are tentatively scheduled for Sept. 19 arraignments in Summit County Court of Common Pleas, pending a grand jury indictment.
Police Chief Ron Williams said Thursday that the matter still is under investigation and additional charges are possible.
Collum was being held in Summit County Jail as of Thursday on a 10 percent of $25,000 bond. The other man was released from the jail on a personal bond on Aug. 23.
A third Akron man, who was with the other two men, was charged Thursday with misdemeanor charges of carrying a concealed weapon, drug abuse instruments possession, drug paraphernalia possession and open container. He was released on a personal bond.
Williams said police responded to the Giant Eagle store at 205 West Ave. at about 3:20 p.m. Aug. 22 after a store employee reported the men as suspicious persons.
"The three suspects had been in and out of the store all day," said Williams, adding that they had reportedly been exchanging gift cards for cash.
Williams said that while police were speaking to the men in the parking lot, they smelled the odor of marijuana coming from their vehicle, giving police probable cause to search it.
According to complaints police filed with the municipal court, charges against Collum were in connection with a total of 6 grams of suspected meth packaged in four plastic bags, $160 in counterfeit money, several other small plastic bags, a digital scale, a laminated temporary driving permit belong to another person, with Collum’s photograph placed over it, and a drug pipe allegedly in Collum’s possession.
The felony drug possession charge against the second man, according to a complaint, is in connection with a gram of suspected meth found in his possession.
The misdemeanor charges against the third man were in connection with a syringe, hunting knife, several drug pipes and an open bottle of beer allegedly found in his possession, according to complaints.
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