George Hiotis

ZMHA Official Arrested On Drugs Charges To Make Statement

by George Hiotis on October 22, 2009 at 4:48 am

The director of the Zanesville Metropolitan Housing Authority says he has no plans on resigning from his position. 60-year-old Phillip Allen was arrested at Port Columbus International Airport on drug charges earlier this month.

Today, Allen gave a prepared statement to the Zanesville Metropolitan Housing Authority board and chairman in executive session. Chairman Frank Cook declined to give WHIZ the statement, but Allen says the issue is now in the hands of the board and he cannot comment further. Chairman Cook says the board needs to speak with their attorney.

“I have no comment to make on anything until we talk with our attorney and he explains to us what is going on and what we can do and what we can’t do. I am not going to involve the board in any decision making until we do talk to him, so I have no comment to make at this time. Now later on after we meet with him we will probably have something, but not at this time,” says Cook after the meeting.

Columbus Airport Authority Police say Allen was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia after a Transportation Security Administration officer found two glass metal pipes with residue on it.

Police say they also found a plastic baggie with a white powdery substance – which after a field test – tested positive for cocaine.

Allen has a court date set for November 3rd.