City man facing heroin charge

COLUMBUS – A Steubenville man was arrested by the FBI on Tuesday after a drug raid revealed 330 grams of heroin, more than $10,000 in cash, eight firearms and a bulletproof vest.

Sean D. “Puff” Loveless, 28, was charged in U.S. District Court with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.

According to an affidavit filed by FBI Special Agent Drew McConaghy, the Hancock-Brooke-Weirton Drug Task Force investigated Loveless as a mid-level member of a heroin distribution ring in the area. A confidential informant working with the drug task force made control buys of heroin off Loveless five times from Feb. 27 through Tuesday, McConaghy said in the affidavit.

Federal search warrants were executed Tuesday at Loveless’ two residences at 113 George St., Mingo Junction, and Rear 233 Ravine St., Steubenville.

During the Steubenville search warrant, law enforcement found 270 grams of heroin on a kitchen counter, McConaghy said. Another package of heroin, described as a brick, also was found on the kitchen counter, according to the affidavit. Two handguns were found in the house and six handguns were found in a suitcase in a detached garage, McConaghy said. About $5,000 in cash was found on the dining room table, and $3,000 in cash was found in a vehicle, he said.

At the Mingo Junction home, about 50 grams of heroin, $2,500 in cash and a bulletproof vest were found, McConaghy said.

The affidavit stated Loveless identified a Chicago man as the supplier of the heroin. Loveless claimed the Chicago man supplied a couple hundred grams of heroin per month for the last three years for redistribution by Loveless in the Steubenville area, according to the affidavit.

Loveless claimed the Chicago man also brought guns to Steubenville on his visits, McConaghy said.

The Chicago man was present at the Steubenville home during the raid. The man was interviewed by McConaghy, and the man denied he transported heroin or guns from Chicago to Steubenville.