Raid on South Side house nets drugs, several big screens


Police officers serving a search warrant on a South Side residence Friday found the man they were looking for, plus lots of drugs and flat-screen televisions.

Officers found Leon J. Whatley, 37, of 618 W. Prince-

ton Ave., in his bathroom flushing something down the toilet, his hands wet and pills in the bottom of the toilet, when officers broke into the home at 3:20 p.m. Friday.

Officers also found a prescription pill bottle containing a baggie of crack cocaine and a baggie of heroin. A white powder was seen around the toilet and bathtub, police said.

A further search revealed three surveillance cameras, fortified front door, drug paraphernalia, other pills, several digital scales, marijuana grinder, baggies of marijuana, and eight flat-screen TVs valued at between $1,000 and $2,500 each.

Police recorded the serial numbers of the TVs.

Whatley was charged with a variety of drug offenses and taken to the Mahoning County jail.

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