City police arrested four people on drug charges Monday, including a 22-year-old Youngstown man for drug trafficking — a fifth-degree felony.
At about 2 p.m., police stopped Deon T. Johnson of Midlothian Boulevard for not having a front license plate. Police learned that Johnson had a suspended driver's license, then found in his car 12 bags of suspected marijuana totaling 16 grams, 16 suspected marijuana roaches totaling 1.6 grams and $63 in cash. All items were seized as evidence.
Johnson was charged with trafficking in drugs, and possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. He was also cited for the traffic offenses and will appear in Campbell Municipal Court today.
Shortly before 7 p.m., officers on patrol noticed three men standing near the corner of a building on 14th Street; they appeared to be smoking a marijuana blunt. One of the men, 32-year-old Jason M. Hunsbarger of Woodglen Avenue in Niles, dropped the blunt on the ground when he saw police approaching. Hunsbarger, who had $633 in cash on him, was charged with possession of drugs, and will appear in Campbell Municipal Court on Friday.
At about 10 p.m., police stopped a car on Wilson Avenue for having no rear license plate light. The driver, 23-year-old Jannelle E. Underwood of Campbell Street in Youngstown, was found to have a suspended driver's permit. The passenger, 32-year-old Douglas D. Crankfield of Shady Run Road in Youngstown, said he had been aware of Underwood's suspension, but had her drive his car anyway since a health issue prevented him from freely moving his hand. Two infant children were in the car.
An inventory of the car produced a plastic bag containing 1.5 grams of marijuana, two empty prescription bottles that smelled of marijuana, another plastic bag containing 15.3 grams of marijuana, $292 in cash, a burnt marijuana cigarette and four prescription pills in a plastic bag.
Crankfield was charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, prescription label required, endangering children and wrongful entrustment. Underwood was charged with driving under suspension, possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, prescription label required, endangering children and for lacking a license plate light. Both will appear in Campbell Municipal Court today.