Police make several drug arrests over the weekend

Staff report


Police arrested at least seven people over the weekend on drug-related charges.

Tara Stewart, 25, exited her vehicle after it was pulled over on Philadelphia Avenue for failing to stop at a stop sign at 12:36 a.m. Sunday, according to a police report.

While officers spoke with Stewart, they noticed that Candice Jackson, 24, a front-seat passenger, had a crack pipe and a plastic bag containing suspected crack cocaine in her lap. Police also found two pink wax paper bindles containing suspected heroin on the passenger side and three additional ones on the driver’s side, the report said.

Three used syringes with needle, a burnt spoon and copper mesh, which is used as a filter in crack pipes, were found in the vehicle as well.

Both Stewart and Jackson were charged with illegal uses or possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of heroin. Stewart was cited for the traffic violation and driving under suspension. Jackson was charged with possession of cocaine.

Earlier Sunday morning, police arrested Bartholomew Mascarella , 39, on charges of drug paraphernalia and possession of cocaine. They stopped his vehicle at Cottage Grove Avenue for not using his turn signal. Officers found 0.22 grams of suspected crack cocaine in two bags and a glass crack pipe in his vehicle, the report said.

Police also arrested Joseph McCulloch, 21, on charges of drug paraphernalia and possession of cocaine late Saturday night. Officers pulled over the vehicle in which he was a passenger at Ally’s Food Mart on South Avenue for failing to use a turn signal. McCulloch exited the vehicle and went into the store. An officer followed him in and patted him down, finding a glass crack pipe. Police also found a folded piece of paper containing 1.25 grams of suspected crack cocaine, the report said.

The Vindicator reported Sunday three other drug-related arrests that occurred Saturday and Friday.

Police arrested Brian Paxon, 22, of Niles, on charges of possession of heroin and possession of cocaine early Saturday on the South Side.

According to a police report, Paxon failed to signal when making a turn onto South Avenue and was pulled over near Boston Avenue at 12:12 a.m. Police discovered Paxon was driving under suspension, his third violation in the past three years.

Police said they found Paxon in possession of small amounts of suspected crack cocaine and suspected heroin. Police also cited him with failure to use the turn signal and driving under suspension.

Police arrested Joseph Pedro, 49, of Columbiana on charges of illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cocaine.

Pedro purportedly failed to stop at a stop sign when turning onto Market Street from Willis Avenue at 8:35 p.m. Friday, according to a police report. He drove to a nearby gas station after police signaled him to pull over.

Police noticed a copper-colored mesh inside Pedro’s vehicle. A police report says Pedro acknowledged he had a crack pipe in the vehicle. Police also found small amounts of loose suspected crack cocaine in the vehicle. He was cited for failing to stop at the stop sign and was transported to the jail.

Police arrested Cassundra Ortiz, 32, of Youngstown, on a charge of possession of heroin Friday evening.

Police said Ortiz failed to stop at a stop sign when turning onto Zedaker Street from Philadelphia Avenue on the South Side. She drove into the driveway of a Boston Avenue home after police signaled her to pull over.

Officers found Ortiz in possession of small amounts of suspected heroin. She also had a suspended driver’s license in New Jersey. Police cited her on traffic violations of ignoring a stop sign and driving under suspension.

Those arrested were transported to Mahoning County jail pending court appearances today .

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