A Portage teen is being held in Columbia County Jail facing felony drug trafficking charges for the second time in less than a year.
Keagan Strabley, 17, appeared in Columbia County Circuit Court on Wednesday charged with felony counts of possession of Schedule V drugs with intent to distribute, maintaining a drug trafficking place, two counts of felony bail jumping, a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession and another charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Strabley was arrested Oct. 6 when a Portage police officer responded to a report of possible drug activity at a West Carroll Street home. At the residence the officer found Strabley with another 17-year-old and a 27-year-old woman, Boram Hyun.
The three reportedly denied having been smoking marijuana, according to court documents, though Strabley later produced a piece of paraphernalia that had been stashed in a clothes hamper. During a search of the apartment and the occupants, the officer found 15 pills of the anti-anxiety medication Lorazepam in a cellophane cigarette package in the waist of Hyun’s pants. A safe in Strabley’s room had $1,200 in cash and a drawstring bag with eight more Lorazepam tablets.
In January, Strabley was cited with four drug charges. In June he entered a no-contest plea to the charges of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and illegally obtaining prescription medication. Strabley was given a withheld sentence and placed on two years of probation.
On Wednesday, Judge Todd Hepler ordered Strabley held on $500 cash bond and to appear for an Oct. 19 preliminary hearing.
Hyun was charged with possession with intent to deliver Schedule IV drugs, released that same day on a $10,000 signature bond, to appear for a return hearing Jan. 16.