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Police make drug arrest



Originally Published: 12:12 p.m., September 26, 2008 and  Updated 02:08 p.m., September 26, 2008

YOUNGSTOWN — Police officers working a street crime unit arrested a man they saw involved in a suspected drug transaction at a known drug house on Willis Avenue.

Police said they saw a car driven by a woman pull into the driveway of the house around 10 p.m. Thursday and a man got out and knocked on the door. He was admitted and police said they witnessed some sort of transaction take place through the open doorway.

The man, later identified as Melvin L. Barrett, 51, of Glenwood Avenue, returned to the car and it pulled away. Police said they stopped it when the driver failed to use her turn signals as she turned onto Overland Avenue.

Barrett admitted to having drugs in his possession, police said, noting that they found three small plastic bags containing suspected crack cocaine and a broken glass crack pip in his pants pockets.

He was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia and lodged in Mahoning County jail to await arraignment. The driver was not charged.


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1DoctorGonzo(728 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Are you going to report the other seventeen times this fact pattern plays out over the next three days in the city?
Slow news day?

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2JeffLebowski(953 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

I've heard of a glass crack pipe...not familiar with a glass crack "pip" though.

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3ccwaltripfan(2 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

This is the second time in recent months I heard this type of story. The first one regarding Mineral Ridge incident read "Police watched man enter "known" drug house. Police watched man leave "Known" drug house. Police pulled man over and arrested him." Meanwhile the drug house still stands and somebody's 16 year old kid is going there for the first time and the lives of that family will never be the same again. It's time to go after the "known" drug house rather than the addict.

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4DRDAVE1965(80 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

IT'S ALL SUPPLY AND DEMAND....I AGREE WE NEED TO TAKE DOWN THE DRUG HOUSE.....BUT AS LONG AS SOMEONE IS OUT THERE WITH MONEY TO BUY DRUGS....THERE WILL BE A NEVER ENDING SUPPLY OF PEOPLE TO STEP UP AND SELL IT TO HIM......GET RID OF DEMAND AND SUPPLY GOES DOWN.

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5JeffLebowski(953 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Dr. Dave, I'm following. Are we talking about getting rid of money, legalizing drugs or both?

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6xytown(63 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

OldManGrump, I agree with your comments, but Y-Town ain't dying it's already dead (in fact it's decomposing...)

Mayor Jay is just another stuffed shirt.

Take a look at the Police Chief WOW is he outta touch, You can't understand a word he say's...

GET OUT WHILE THE GETTIN'S GOOD!!!!

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7clayor(281 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

Here is the operative phrase..."known drug house". If drugs are illegal and the houses from which they are being sold are "known", why the hell are they still up and running?? Fine the owner, or charge him with peddling drugs, tear the dam thing down and clean up this crap already. If we all know it is a "known" drug house, why don't those in charge "know" it??

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8DRDAVE1965(80 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

ACTUALLY LEBOWSKI I WAS SPEAKING MORE IN LINE WITH GETTING RID OF THE DEMAND FOR DRUGS....IN OTHER WORDS ADDICTS.
YOU DO MAKE A GREAT POINT OF GETTING RID OF MONEY.....AS WE HAVE IT NOW....CASH MAKES IT EASY TO DO COVERT/ILLEGAL TRANSACTIONS.....IF WE GO CASHLESS ALL TRANSACTIONS WOULD BE TRANSPARENT AND EASILY TRACKABLE.....SCARY THOUGHT THOUGH ISN'T IT?

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9pat2483(8 comments)posted 5 years, 10 months ago

youngstown is a joke. so much crime, the police takes so long to get there. ride around. and you will. find the police sitting someplace. sleeping or reading a book. or they are at, some place getting free food. something they do all the time. tax payers are paying for this. wake up youngstown.

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