By EMMALEE C. TORISK
Police made seven drug-related arrests Tuesday and Wednesday, which Drew Rauzan, interim police chief, attributes to round-the-clock efforts by drug-interdiction teams reinstated early last month after a years-long hiatus.
“We’ve been busy,” Rauzan said. “More specifically, we’ve been proactively busy.”
The department’s efforts include more thorough investigations into drug trafficking and an increase in traffic stops, he added.
Most of the drug-related arrests Tuesday and Wednesday, for example, resulted from traffic stops — specifically for drivers’ having items obstructing their view, for speeding and for driving unsafe cars.
The other occurred after police followed up on a report of two men trying to sell gold jewelry to patrons and pedestrians while parked at a McCartney Road gas station.
The drug seizures netted more than $2,000.
“We’ve been fortunate,” said Rauzan, referring to the five- or six-member drug-interdiction teams, which focus solely on combating drug trafficking. “We’ve been finding drugs and drug dealers, and taking drugs and guns and narcotics-related cash off the streets.”
Arrested on Tuesday and Wednesday were:
Brent Weston, 32, of Lowellville, charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Police confiscated 1.9 grams of suspected marijuana and $793 in cash.
Elbert W. Shuler, 27, of Youngstown, charged with possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia and drug-abuse instruments. Police confiscated 1.3 grams of heroin, a spoon with suspected heroin residue, seven hypodermic needles, a digital scale with suspected heroin residue, a cigarette butt of suspected marijuana, and $125.35 in cash.
Freddie Warren, 54, of Cleveland Heights, charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, as well as for soliciting without a permit on private property. Police confiscated 1.2 grams of suspected marijuana.
Warmsly M. Lewis, 58, of Cleveland, charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, for soliciting without a permit, and for fleeing and eluding police. Police confiscated six different pills.
Christine M. Texter, 52, of Youngstown, charged with possession of drug-abuse instruments and driving under suspension. Police confiscated two needles.
Dontrail R. Burkes, 23, of Youngstown, charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, as well as for driving under suspension.
Derrell Easterly, 26, of Youngstown, charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, and for obstructing official business. Between Burkes and Easterly, police confiscated 10.1 grams of suspected crack cocaine, a partial cigarette of suspected marijuana, $36 in cash, and $1,189 in cash.
All will be arraigned at 9 a.m. today in Campbell Municipal Court.
Rauzan commended the Campbell Police Department — specifically Sgt. John Rusnak, who heads the drug-interdiction teams; and officers Eric Manning, Robert Vukovich, Russell Beatty and Ron Craig.
“They’ve made the city a safer place to live and visit,” Rauzan said. “I’d advise anyone who wants to bring a gun and illegal narcotics into Campbell to stay out. The odds of getting caught are good.”