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Youngstown cops conduct drug raids, issue apology

Published: Sat, October 17, 2009 @ 12:39 a.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Police conducted two drug raids this week and have issued an apology to a family caught up in one of them.

Lt. David McKnight said Friday that a three-apartment building was raided around 6:35 p.m. Thursday in the 1200 block of Salt Springs Road.

Jabbar D. Spires, 32, who gave an address on Catalina Avenue in addition to the Salt Springs Road address, was charged with possession of cocaine, having weapons while under a disability and possessing drug paraphernalia.

Lt. McKnight said that during a raid, one group of officers goes into the building while others surround the property to catch criminals who may try to flee.

At the raid, a husband, wife, and at least one child who lived in a different apartment went out the back door after police entered the building. They were checked by police behind the building and were released. Lt. McKnight said they were in custody for about 10 minutes.

McKight said he has offered an apology and will talk to the family.

He said he has not met with them directly since he and other officers conducted another raid around 3 p.m. Friday at a home on South Dunlap Avenue. Seven large marijuana plants valued at about $1,000 each were seized. Charges are pending against the purported grower.


1Hortus(34 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

A stamp bag of “H” (White Heroin) is bought when a user wants to shoot (inject with a needle or snort), cannot be smoked.

I recall when our police department (my former employer) picked up a girl on drug violations. She was a user and could sure hook you up to a junky in a heart beat.

Police officers frisked her, booked her, and put her in lock up until they could transport her to the “Big House” later that night.

My job as a Civilian employee was mostly clerical, however there were times when I was asked to over step those bounds. One of those was to monitor the “Jail’s holding cells”, this was done via a TV camera and monitor.

This particular night when the gal was in lock up I was asked to check her more personal crevasses. She had a tiny old fashion “watch pocket” something usually found on male trousers and not female. Inside that pocket was a straw cut to about a length of “4” inches and “stamp bag” of “H”.

Drug dealers are as smart or smarter than legitimate businessman on working “Wall street” and all proceeds from the business is tax exempt. The down fall is how does one take bundles of dirty money (covered with white powdered) and make it “Clean“? Making money clean is being able to walking into a “Jewelry Store” at any Mall and buying up all the diamond stud earrings for the neighborhood.

Police Computer is called “Clean”, and is INTERPOL, in use world wide. After meeting a law enforcement officer in Slovenia who ran Interpol we discussed “Angels and Demons” world wide. Little did I know such a book would be at the College Bookstore a few years later.

When I came back to America, I read the Interpol manual on Clean and sent the test message--got a reply.

Crack houses are good to renovate--NO? you never know what you might find.

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

"Drug dealers are as smart or smarter than legitimate businessman on working “Wall street” and all proceeds from the business is tax exempt. "

High level dealers and financiers must be rooted out by putting the squeeze on low level busts . We haven't had a major supplier bust in Youngstown for ages . Why ?

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3metrodawg(70 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

Traficant was trying to root them out, and, we saw what happened to him.

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4blkpride(186 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

You have got to be kidding me trafficantis a convicted felon. did illegal things. did nothing for this area and kept it depressed.

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5joesmoe(48 comments)posted 6 years, 7 months ago

Hortus what world do you live in. I post very few comments but I felt compelled to on this one. LT. McKnight did something that alot of people in Law Enforcement cant and wont do, realize that a mistake was made. I credit him for taking the initiative and approaching this family and apologizing. He could have waited to see if a formal complaint was filed before addressing it or just play the Hard A%% and belittle them. Hats off to LT McKnight, good job.

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