Robert Whitenack
Robert Whitenack

June 2, 2017

A 36-year-old Westside man was armed with two pellet guns when he barricaded himself in the basement of his house Tuesday as law officers sought to search it for drugs.

Robert Whitenack was the target of a federal search warrant that morning, officials have confirmed.

He refused to come out of the house for about 4½ hours until officers used tear gas and a stun gun to subdue him about 11:30 a.m., said Todd Jones, a state Department of Public Safety special agent who oversees narcotics investigations.

Whitenack faces a federal drug charge that has a mandatory minimum punishment of 20 years in prison. He is accused of selling more than a half kilogram of methamphetamine over the course of more than two years.

The Tuesday search of the house yielded a small amount of suspected meth, drug paraphernalia, records related to the drug sales and a pellet pistol and air rifle, Jones said. It’s unclear in court documents what evidence investigators have about Whitenack’s alleged dealings.

Jones declined to say whether other people associated with Whitenack might also be arrested.

Also on Tuesday a 41-year-old Carroll man, Troy Dillavou, was charged in federal court with a similar drug crime. He faces a minimum punishment of 10 years in prison for dealing more than 50 grams of methamphetamine.

Jones could not confirm whether the two cases are related.

Dillavou was convicted in Carroll County in 2014 for felony possession of methamphetamine and received a prison sentence of up to 11 years. He was released on parole in January 2016, state records show.