Former Liberty firefighter indicted on drug charges

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Joshua Cleland resigned his position with the fire department

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Trumbull grand jury Wednesday returned a three-count indictment against a former Liberty firefighter.

Joshua Cleland, 42, is charged with aggravated possession of drugs, tampering with evidence and possession of drugs.

The charges came following a criminal investigation and an internal investigation of Liberty firefighter John Beard’s overdose death on April 12, 2020

Cleland resigned his position with the fire department.

As part of the following criminal investigation, officers searched Cleland’s home on Warner Road in Vienna. Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force commander Larry McLaughlin said inside, investigators found multiple guns and other illicit items.

The case for Cleland’s wife, Hayleh Omar, was remanded back to Girard municipal court.

Court records show Omar is facing both misdemeanor and felony charges including complicity to possession of drugs, obstructing official business and complicity to persons who may sell, deliver, distribute and possess dangerous drugs.

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