Business owner posts bond on drug, tax-related charges

The owner of Zig Stag, who was arrested Thursday on taxation and drug-related charges, appeared in court Friday where his bond was set and posted.

Shawn G. Stagnolia, 36, of Tiffin, appeared in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom where a $50,000 bond, with 10 percent surety allowed, was set.

A spokeswoman from the Seneca County Clerk of Courts said Friday afternoon bond had been posted.

Stagnolia was indicted by a Seneca County grand jury this week on one count each of aggravated possession of drugs, distribution of tobacco products with intent to avoid payment of tax, possession of untaxed tobacco products, failure to file withholding return and permitting drug abuse.

According to his indictment, most of the alleged offenses occurred in February. A search warrant had been conducted at his business, at 20 E. Market St., that month where several items, including numerous containers of suspected K2 , green vegetation, a digital scale and a marijuana pipe, were found.

Seneca County Drug Enforcement – METRICH Enforcement Unit Coordinator Chuck Boyer said the attorney general’s office has been cracking down on the sale of K2, or synthetic marijuana, because of the number of overdoses reported recently.

Boyer said he was unaware of any other businesses in the Tiffin area selling K2.

If convicted of the charges, Stagnolia could face up to 13 years in prison and a fine of up to $30,000.

He is scheduled to appear again in court July 2 for an arraignment.