By Joe Gorman
Police found more than 24 bags of marijuana and a loaded gun stashed in a dryer after an East Midlothian Boulevard woman called police on her son Wednesday.
Rashaugh Anthony Norman, 17, was booked in the Mahoning County Juvenile Justice Center on the charges of trafficking in marijuana, possession of cocaine and having a weapon while under disability.
Police were called to his home about 6:35 p.m. for a report of a fight between mother and son, reports said. When officers arrived, the mother told them her son was on probation and a member of a gang — and that he had been disrespecting her.
Norman had left before police arrived.
The mother led officers to the basement, where she said she had heard her son tinkering with the dryer in recent days. A report said the officer smelled a strong odor of marijuana as he went down the stairs.
The mother pried off the lid of the dryer and underneath were 24 bags of marijuana packaged for sale, as well as a larger bag of marijuana, a bag of crack cocaine, another sandwich bag of marijuana, a digital scale and a loaded .32-caliber semiautomatic handgun, reports said.
The mother told police when she figured out what her son was doing with the dryer, they had an argument.
Police said the mother told them “he needs to be locked up for the things he is doing before it causes his death,” reports said.
As police were checking the basement, Norman returned home. He was arrested and taken to the Juvenile Justice Center, which refused him because he had been smoking marijuana. He was then taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center to be examined and then returned to the JJC, reports said.
Reports noted officers handled the gun with care because it is very old, and it was hard to get the magazine out because of its condition.