Cops: Man with drugs tells officer he is a ‘party pooper’

By Joe Gorman


One of two men arrested in separate incidents Wednesday on felony drug charges told the officer he was being a “party pooper.”

Reports said Ronald Gilbert, 39, of West Judson Avenue, told police he was on his way to a party when he was pulled over about 8:30 p.m. at Chicago and Oak Hill avenues and officer Mark Sember found eight bags of suspected heroin, four bags of suspected cocaine and $1,867 on him.

Reports said Gilbert told Sember the drugs were for his personal use, and he was on his way to a party at the time. Gilbert told Sember he was a “party pooper” and also said the cash came from a trip to the nearby casino.

But reports said a records check showed that Gilbert has several arrests and convictions in the past for drug trafficking, as does another man who was arrested about 6:05 p.m. by vice-squad officers serving a search warrant at a 237 E. Avondale Ave. home, Michael Young, 34.

Reports said officers serving the warrant investigating drug activity found a bag of suspected heroin, 69 pills, a digital scale and a magazine of ammunition for a semiautomatic handgun.

Gilbert was booked into the Mahoning County jail on charges of possession of cocaine, possession of heroin and violation of the city’s loud music ordinance. Young was booked into the jail on charges of possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and a probation violation for a 2014 weapons conviction.

Court records show an extensive history involving drug offenses for both men.

In 2012, Young was sentenced to two years in prison in two separate cases – in one case pleading guilty to two charges of possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana, and three counts of trafficking in crack cocaine in the other case. Authorities also seized $13,546 in the later case, court records show. In 2014, he was placed on three years’ probation on a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Gilbert has charges dating back to 1998. In 2008, he was sentenced to five years in prison in two separate cases, one for possession of drugs and another for four counts of trafficking in drugs and a fifth count of possession of heroin. He was granted judicial release in 2011 in those cases, court records show.

Both men are expected to be arraigned in municipal court today.

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