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Portage, Stark massage centers searched in prostitution investigation

Beacon Journal staff report

NORTH CANTON: Two area massage centers are under investigation for prostitution.

The Massage Center at 1320 W. Maple St. in North Canton and a center of the same name at 1292 E. Waterloo Road in Suffield Township were served search warrants Thursday afternoon.

In North Canton, three pickup truck loads of evidence were confiscated. Evidence collected included 14 massage tables, a computer, miscellaneous paperwork and records, and some adult videos.

The search was conducted by North Canton Police, F.B.I., Portage County Sheriff’s Office, Portage County Drug Task Force, Stark County Metro Narcotics Unit and the Jackson Township Police.

At the same time, the Portage County Sheriff’s Office and the Portage County Drug task force executed a similar search in Suffield.

No arrests have been made, but “we anticipate that arrest warrants will be obtained in the near future,” a North Canton Police Department news release stated. “As part of this ongoing investigation, we will continue to monitor any individuals coming and going from the property.


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