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Doctor, nanny face drug charges following Canfield raid

The homeowner, Faroq Moonda, happens to be the adopted son of a Mercer County doctor who was shot and killed in 2005

CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) - An overnight drug-related arrest led law enforcement back to the same Canfield home just hours later on Tuesday.

The Mahoning County Sheriff's Office spent the afternoon at the house on Fairway Drive.

They arrested homeowner Faroq Moonda, an anesthesiologist in Farrell, Pennsylvania, the day after arresting his nanny on the same charges.

It all started when Moonda contacted police Monday night and met an officer at a gas station by his home.

"We were called here last night and responded here last night," said Major Jeff Allen, with the sheriff's office.

Moonda told police the nanny, 21-year-old Kalpana Basnet, let two men hide in his attic with plans to rob him. When officers went to search the house, they found no sign of anyone hiding inside.

They did find crack pipes and Basnet admitted she'd been using the drug earlier that day, police said. She was arrested, but that's not where it ended.

"Detectives read the report this morning, conferring with the responding deputy. A couple of things raised their eyebrows," Allen said.

So the sheriff's office went back to the house Tuesday afternoon with a search warrant, and later arrested Basnet's boss.

"Both of them are facing a possession of crack cocaine," Allen said.

The sheriff's office has not released details of anything else found inside the house.

Both Moonda and Basnet appeared in court Tuesday evening and pleaded not guilty to charges of possession of crack cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Moonda happens to be the adopted son of Gulam Moonda, the Mercer County doctor who was shot and killed by Damien Bradford in 2005.


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