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Woman, 31, pleads guilty in drug case

WARREN — A 31-year-old woman on Wednesday pleaded guilty to a multicount indictment linked to an October 2019 traffic stop, where Warren police found more than 3,000 tablets of an illegal narcotic.

Simmona Sade Clinkscale Hill, who has given authorities various addresses in Youngstown, Warren and Farrell, Pa., appeared with her attorney Holly Hanni before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay. The judge will sentence the defendant after she completes a background interview with the adult probation department.

Hill, who is free after posting $15,000 bond, pleaded guilty to an amended indictment charging her with trafficking in drugs, possession of heroin and carrying a concealed weapon. The drug charges carry a specification of forfeiting $1,338 that was found in a white Nissan that was stopped by Warren police Oct. 25, 2019, at East Market Street and Logan Avenue SE.

The woman could face a maximum of five and a half years in prison.

Warren police officers Quintinn Hubbard and Tim Parana reported most of the pills — identified as the narcotic Tramadol — were found in a garbage bag, while other doses were found in the woman’s purse as well as under the car seat. Also found was a bindle that was later identified as less than .01 gram of heroin, authorities said.

According to the police report, other items found included the $1,338 in cash, two handguns, scales and plastic bags, shipping packages from Singapore, two cellphones and a Ohio Direction Electric Benefit Transfer card.

Hill was a passenger in the Nissan, which was later identified as a rental under her name, prosecutors said.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as Ryan Howard, 32, of Boardman, was bound over to the Trumbull County grand jury on charges of possession of drugs and receiving stolen cases. The grand jury on March 19 returned no bills, or indictments, against Howard, court records show.

gvogrin@tribtoday.com

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