New Castle News

April 15, 2014

City man to answer Wyoming drug charges first

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — A North Hill man arrested for allegedly having guns and drugs in his house is being extradited to Wyoming.

After that, Michael Antonini IV, 21, will face multiple drug charges in Lawrence County, according to New Castle Police Chief Bobby Salem.

Police said they found “marijuana butter,” a concentrated form of the marijuana plant derived from sap, inside his home at 212 E. Hillcrest Ave. during a search Friday.

Officers said they also confiscated 2.7 pounds of high-test marijuana, 9.4 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 40 Xanax pills, an assault rifle and three shotguns, including a tactical “Street Sweeper” loaded with 20 shells. They also found an assortment of ammunition, multiple scales and packaging materials, according to a search warrant inventory.

Members of the District Attorney’s Drug Task Force special investigative unit and the city police served the search warrant on Antonini’s house Friday morning after he had been arrested by federal agents on a warrant for drug charges in Wyoming. Local police assisting the agents saw drugs inside the house and obtained the search warrant.

As a result, in Lawrence County, Antonini is facing three counts of possession with intent to deliver, four counts of possession of a controlled substance and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

He is to be arraigned on those charges later in the court of District Judge Melissa Amodie, and a new warrant has been issued in Lawrence County for his arrest upon his return here.