Ohio authorities bust suspected chop shop

Publish Date: 
May 5, 2014

LISBON, Ohio – Authorities have busted a suspected chop shop at a motorcycle and ATV repair shop and the owner is expected to face charges.

Lisbon police and the Columbiana County Drug Task Force raided the Motorcycle Dream Shop Friday as part of an investigation into stolen merchandise and possible drug trafficking.

Following a yearlong investigation, police officers and DTF agents armed with a search warrant confiscated motorcycle, ATV and dirt bike frames and parts, many suspected of being stolen, along with a boat that had no registration number.

DTF Director Brian McLaughlin told the Salem News they also found some suspected marijuana on the premises, along with scales containing suspected drug residue, and packets commonly used for selling heroin.

Chief assistant county prosecutor John Gamble described the owner as the "primary suspect," and said charges are expected to be filed.

"When we're getting complaints about loud music and other activities down there all hours of the day and night, you know something has to be going on," he said. "Normal business people are open from 8 to 5, but this stuff was going on all night."

Posted by Holly Wagner