Arrests made in apartment drug ring

By Joe Gorman


Family members accused of selling drugs at an East Side apartment complex were arrested Friday after they were secretly indicted a day before by a Mahoning County grand jury.

Five people were arrested at a 640 Kendis Circle apartment Friday morning by members of the Mahoning Valley Law Enforcement Task Force and the Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force. A sixth person was in custody after being arrested earlier this week on unrelated charges. A seventh person was making arrangements late Friday afternoon to turn himself in to police.

Arrested at the apartment were Antonio Young, 22; Reginald Young; Daryl Young; Lenarius Young; and Brittani Davenport.

A sixth person, Charles Cole, 31, was arrested on a weapons charge on the South Side earlier this week when police were investigating a gunshot-sensor call.

Assistant Prosecutor Martin Desmond said those arrested in the apartment are the original targets of the investigation into alleged drug sales by the Young family out of the ESA Apartments, which began in January 2016.

Cole and the seventh person became part of the investigation when it was alleged they also were selling drugs in the same area as the members of the family, but not connected to the family, which Desmond termed “the organization.”

Search warrants also were served Friday, and officers found more than $14,000 in cash, seven guns and drugs of various kinds including heroin, marijuana and cocaine.

Those who were taken into custody Friday are expected to be arraigned Tuesday in common pleas court.

Desmond said the family was mainly selling the drugs on the street – a lot of them.

“They were high volume in terms of sales,” Desmond said.

Task Force Officer Marc Gillette of the Youngstown Police Department said the family and the other two people who were indicted also were branching out and selling drugs on the South Side. Gillette said all the arrests made Friday occurred without incident.

The five family members face a 55-count indictment with charges that include trafficking in cocaine, fourth- and fifth-degree felony counts of trafficking in heroin and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity with a firearm specification.

Cole and the other person indicted face charges of trafficking in heroin, trafficking in cocaine and trafficking in drugs.

Desmond would not say why the investigation started or if more arrests or indictments are expected after the warrants that were served Friday.

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