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Drug raids net six arrests in the city

Published: Sat, July 10, 2010 @ 12:05 a.m.




Drug raids by the Youngstown Police Department’s vice squad on the South and North sides resulted in six arrests — two of them teenagers — and the confiscation of several illegal drugs and firearms.

An infant found in the South Side home was taken to Akron Children’s Hospital in Boardman for observation.

The arrests were made Thursday afternoon and evening.

Police officers first were sent to an East Florida Avenue home with a search warrant at 5 p.m.

According to a report, officers forced open the rear door after several attempts at knocking and identifying themselves. Brandon Perry, 18, met police upon entry and was arrested after attempting to run away.

Officers also arrested a 16-year-old who had come down from the second floor. He was turned over to authorities at the Martin P. Joyce Juvenile Justice Center.

In a bedroom, officers found Dante Perry, 18, his 1-year-old son and a 14-year-old boy. They arrested Dante Perry and the teenager, with the teen taken to the juvenile justice center.

According to the police report, officers found the baby boy to be unresponsive and generally lethargic. Police said they found three narcoticlike pain-reliever pills, split in half and placed near the child. The child and a sample of the drug were taken to Akron Children’s Hospital.

While police were at the scene, the homeowner, 45-year-old Charlotte Perry, returned. Several officers had spoken with her about weapons, narcotics and fugitive complaints in the past, according to the report.

Police said they found five packages of suspected crack cocaine, two loaded 9mm pistols and several rounds of ammunition in three separate locations throughout the house.

Police charged Brandon Perry with felony drug possession; Dante Perry with endangering children and possession of a dangerous drug; and Charlotte Perry with permitting drug abuse, a misdemeanor. Reports did not indicate their relationship.

The Perrys, who were arraigned Friday, were taken to the Mahoning County jail, where each is being held on a $10,000 bond. Their preliminary hearings are set for Thursday in municipal court.

The teenage boys had a hearing in juvenile court Friday. Each is charged with a felony count of drug possession. Police say they were released on house arrest pending a second court appearance.

At 6:51 p.m. the vice squad uncovered several suspected drugs, ammunition and a firearm while executing a search warrant at a North Side home.

Police knocked several times on the door at a home in the 700 block of Alameda Avenue before forcing their way in, according to police.

Inside, police found Michael Moore Sr., 37, sitting in the living room. Police said they found four bags of suspected heroin, one bag of suspected crack cocaine, one 9mm pistol, assorted pistol magazines, a bulletproof vest, a box of assorted ammunition and a suspected crack pipe.

Moore was charged with permitting drug abuse and also had three previous warrants for trafficking in cocaine.

He was arraigned Friday and is in jail on a $10,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is set for July 29.

Police said three other men and one woman were at the home at the time of the raid. Police had not released information on any charges or arrests for them as of Friday.

The NewsOutlet is a joint media venture by student and professional journalists and is a collaboration of Youngstown State University, WYSU radio and The Vindicator.


1Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 6 years ago

Lets hope this continues each and every day.

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2author50(1121 comments)posted 6 years ago

Where will all the people who don't live in the city buy their drugs if this continues?

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3VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 6 years ago

Drug busts should include confiscation of the house if it is owned by the perpetrator. Sell it or tear it down.

If it is a rental, permanent signage should be posted warning the public that this is a drug house being watched by the police.

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4Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years ago

Excellent work ! One down and many more to go . Let's keep up the momentum !

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5sknirak(120 comments)posted 6 years ago

I've been hearing there is move in a few states to legalize recreational drug use. California comes readily to mind as one of them. While the police raids shut down some of the dealers, there are others to take their place. My own view is I don't like the idea of legalizing recreational drugs if only because I think there are already too many spaced-out people driving as it is. The theory behind legalization is you set up a govt agency that makes the stuff available. If history is any example, the next move is you'll find a large government buraucracy complete with it's own union. Then eventually, as salaries and pensions grow out of sight, some legislature will vote to "privatize" this function. I imagine the biggest gang (er...I mean't supplier) will get the "contract". Then we will have gone full circle. I agree with you guys...lets skip the legalization and enforce the laws as written. Good busts. Keep it up.

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6ytownladydee(10 comments)posted 6 years ago

OK that was the North & South sides of town. We on the West side are trying to preserve the safety of our neighborhood yet, every other block has a drug house in plain sight. West siders had better start helping to preserve our community before it is lost to these scumbags forever and we are caught in the crossfire.

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7Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years ago

Well ytownladydee, it's up to you to rattle the bushes and shake the details out . Record license plate numbers and run video to record the traffic and faces . Keep a log of the days and time of day . Tip: Do it in such a manner that they are not aware of being recorded . Keep copies and make copies available for law enforcement . Call and let it be known what is going on . The subculture thrives when no one is concerned .

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8redvert(2239 comments)posted 6 years ago

"I've been hearing there is move in a few states to legalize recreational drug use. California comes readily to mind as one of them."

Will he chime in to defend his half of California?

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9Rokscout(310 comments)posted 6 years ago

Serious question here: Can anyone provide a link to an article or study where a neighborhood, once down the drug infested path, has come back from the "dead" and prospered? I would like to read how it was done, and know there is hope.

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10blkpride(186 comments)posted 6 years ago

$10,000 bond! Are you kidding me? 10% = $1,000 they are already back on the streets selling their poison. Who was the judge? Douglas? That judge will just hug the kid and let him go. Start charging them as terrorists because that is what they are doing to an entire community.


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11ytownladydee(10 comments)posted 6 years ago

Hey Stan, Done & done. It has been months and every chance I get I pass more info on. The first attempt was at the strike force number. The next day all activity stopped for 2 months. Passed info on the Chief then neighborhood police. I understand these things take time so I am trying to remain patient. Trouble is, the "men" in the neighborhood have no balls and do not want to keep vigilance with me.

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12Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years ago

ytownladydee :

These thugs are persistent . You have to make it harder for them to deal drugs than working for wages . The city should put them to work when on parole or probation .

The men will gain a new found interest if the thugs decide to rob them . The buyers coming to these drug houses will scan the neighborhood for easy marks . Motion detectors to secure your area are a must .

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13foxyglo(372 comments)posted 6 years ago

Drugs is nothing new, you all know how all the drugs get into tjis country, this state, this city and in the hands of people. NOW WHO BRINGS THE DRUGS IN ?????????/ THERE IS ALWAYS GONNA BE A SALE

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14inkt1(5 comments)posted 6 years ago

California is voting to legalize CANNABIS. Not the hardcore narcotics these people were dealing in. How many of you drink alcohol? So we should keep enforcing the law as it's written? Did you know that any form of sexual contact other than genital to genital is illegal in a good deal of states?? There are outdated laws everywhere and sometimes the law needs rewritten. If you can legally drink yourself to death exactly what's the difference between that and the drugs? So, since their substance of choice is something YOU don't think they should do it's wrong? I think alcohol is the devil and should be illegal. Lets vote caffeine as an illegal controlled substance as well--after all it's a powerful, addictive stimulant that some studies have shown to cause heart disease. The VIOLENCE is the problem. DRIVING while under the influence of ANYTHING that impairs you is the problem. NOT the drugs people. That being said, the people in this article were scum and deserved WAAAY harsher punishment for endangering children and INFANTS. Makes me sick.

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15inkt1(5 comments)posted 6 years ago

Oh, and I LOVE coffee...I was just making a point.

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16author50(1121 comments)posted 6 years ago

Keep repeating after me... there are no drugs in the suburbs. There are no drugs in the suburbs....

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17inkt1(5 comments)posted 6 years ago

Yes there are....Yes there are...

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18Nunya(1356 comments)posted 6 years ago

I'm not pleased nor impressed

It's good they were grabbed but those chump change bails are weak enough to be met and the charges aren't stiff enough for all involved.

Don't give me it's a start BS either because it's been redundantly alleged to had been started on ages ago.

See clearly via all members in the family being associated with the trash peddling to include with the presence of minors. From pretense and presentation they were even doping the infant up which is infuriating.

It's clear they're running in a pack that commits more criminality than even just selling drugs and endangering and abusing the infant in every way imaginable..

Each and every one them to include the treacherous teenagers should be taken to the damn box and hard time stroked stiffer than hickory wood.

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19JAQUALA88(17 comments)posted 6 years ago


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