Traffic stop nets Austintown man drug conviction
YOUNGSTOWN — A jury in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday found Tavon M. Fulton, 27, of Compass West Drive in Austintown, guilty of three drug possession charges.
The trial before Judge Anthony D’Apolito lasted two days. Fulton, who could get up to five years in prison when he is sentenced later, was taken into custody after the verdict.
Fulton was convicted of possessing a fentanyl-related compound, cocaine and Tramadol.
Brendon S. Moorer Jr., 23, of Katherine Avenue, was also indicted in the case on similar charges, but he died of a drug overdose Aug. 2, prosecutors said.
Youngstown police arrested Fulton and Moorer on May 6 following a traffic stop on Mahoning Avenue for failure to make a complete stop at a stop sign. The vehicle’s window also had excessive tint, police said.
While talking to the occupants of the car, an officer saw a marijuana cigar on top of the center console, according to Youngstown police. Moore was removed from the car and patted down, which resulted in the officer feeling a bulge in his pants pocket.
It was a plastic bag containing Tramadol and Oxycodone, police said. Police also found other pills and other drugs in the vehicle and arrested Fulton and Moorer, charging them with drug offenses. Officers seized $1,324 from Moorer and $140 from Fulton.