Youngstown man faces drug charges after arrest

Staff report


Township police arrested a man Wednesday on felony charges of drug trafficking and possession of drugs and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Brandon Thomas, 24, of Youngstown, was stopped by police July 30 on Midlothian Boulevard when they saw that license-plates did not match the car he was driving.

According to a police report, when police searched the car they found “a blue backpack containing multiple clear plastic baggies,” “a ... digital scale with white residue,” and “a black sunglasses case containing a baggie of crack cocaine, a baggie of gray powder, a broken spoon with residue on it, and a piece of torn paper.”

After tests, police confirmed one of the bags contained crack cocaine and that the gray powder was methamphetamine.

Detective Michael Dado said the officers on the scene July 30 decided to wait to arrest Thomas because they wanted to be sure that he was responsible for the drugs, rather than a passenger, Deandre Fant, who fled on foot at the time of the traffic stop.

“They could have arrested him there on the scene, but they wanted to make sure they got it right,” Dado said. He said after speaking with Mahoning County Assitant Prosecutor Michael McBride they determined that they had no reason not to charge Thomas for the drug-related offenses, and issued warrants for his arrest.

According to a police report, “Members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force arrested Thomas at 45 S. Maryland for three warrants issued by Boardman.”

The township police also issued a warrant for the arrest of Fant on an obstruction charge. Dado said Fant fled because he had other warrants related to parole violations.

Thomas was taken to the Mahoning County jail.

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