Men arrested in drug raids arraigned in municipal court

By Joe Gorman


A man on three years’ probation after serving time in prison for a drug trafficking sentence was arrested Tuesday in a home with guns and drugs.

Austin Mendenhall, 32, was arraigned in municipal court Wednesday on two counts of possession of drugs and a charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Magistrate Anthony Sertick set his bond at 10 percent of $20,000, accepting a joint recommendation by prosecutors and defense attorneys.

Reports said Mendenhall was arrested about 5:25 p.m. at a 626 Ferndale Ave. home by members of the vice squad and Community Police Unit, who were serving a search warrant investigating drug activity.

Inside the home police found heroin, cocaine, marijuana, three digital scales, $1,350 in cash and two semi-automatic handguns.

Court records show he was sentenced in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court to two years in prison in December 2015 on a third-degree felony possession of heroin charge and a 2014 trafficking in marijuana charge.

In March 2015, Mendenhall was arrested after a traffic stop and bags of drugs and digital scale kept falling out of his pants. He was out on bond in the marijuana case when the heroin arrest happened.

In 2010, he pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of cocaine and trafficking in marijuana. That followed a three-year prison term in 2004 for a charge of felonious assault.

Police also served a warrant at a 1736 Overland Ave. home about 4:45 p.m. and arrested a man there, Daniel Young, 19, of Atlanta, Ga., on a traffic warrant and took him to the Mahoning County jail.

On the way to the jail, reports said Young was sitting in the cruiser as if trying to shield something with his body. When he was taken out of the cruiser, reports said police found a large bag of cocaine, enough to charge him with a second-degree felony count of possession of cocaine.

His bond was set at $15,000 at his arraignment.

At the home, police found two used crack pipes and issued citations to James Maxwell, 56, of Youngstown and Candace Jackson, 26, no address listed, involving possession of drug paraphernalia.

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