Feds indict man on drug charges

Staff report


A federal grand jury this week indicted a man on charges he sold drugs, kept a home to sell or make drugs and illegally possessed a firearm.

Terrence D. Howell, 40, of Youngstown, was indicted Wednesday in U.S. Northern District Court of Ohio on charges of distribution of crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, being a felon in possession of a firearm and maintaining a premises for the distribution or manufacture of drugs.

The indictment said that on five occasions this year — Feb. 12 and 19, March 7 and April 3 and 23 — Howell sold crack cocaine and that he had crack cocaine April 30 that he intended to sell.

The indictment also said Howell had a .22-caliber pistol April 30 despite his convictions in Mahoning County Common Pleas on counts of attempted rape and kidnapping in 1991, a separate 1991 case for aggravated trafficking in drugs and trafficking in cocaine 2011. Because of those convictions, all felonies, he is prohibited from owning a firearm.

The indictment also said Howell kept a home on Arch Street on the East Side where he could manufacture and sell crack cocaine.

He was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge George Limbert. The case was assigned to Judge Dan Aaron Polster.

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