WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Warren Police Chief Eric Merkel, along with federal authorities, announced the results of a two-month-long initiative in Warren Tuesday which resulted in 173 arrests and the seizure of various drugs and thousands of dollars of cash.
Numerous local, state and federal agencies worked together to target violent criminals within the community.
The operation lasted from March 24 to May 24. Daily operations varied from U.S. Marshals fugitive round-ups to random Ohio Adult Parole home visits.
Participating agencies shared information on offenders with the criminal intelligence analysts at the Ohio High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA). The goal of the operation was to focus on violent offenders who are causing the majority of the violent crime within the City of Warren.
Key highlights of the operation included:
- 157 physical arrests and 16 surrender arrests; for a total of 173 arrests.
- 14 firearms and 150 rounds of ammunition seized.
- $3,110 in U.S. Currency Seized
- Narcotic seizures of Crack, Heroin and Marijuana
- Over 100 Parole visits resulted in 27 Parole Violation Arrests.
- Over $16,000 in Fines/Costs collected as a result of arrests.
- Members working this operation were some of the first law enforcement officers to respond to the Trumbull County Jail Correction Officer hostage standoff on April 23, 2014.
Arrests from the operation included:
- William Countryman, who police charged with ordering a 74-year-old female at knifepoint to get in her car and drive him to various locations.
- Yahya Bilal, aka John Barnes, accused of possessing drugs and illegally possessing weapons
- Levar Allen, wanted for weapons under disability, receiving stolen property, and possession of cocaine