WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A man is at the Trumbull County Jail on a $100,000 bond after what the Warren police chief called one of the biggest drug busts in recent history.
Oronde Allen, 39, was arrested Tuesday on a felony charge of cocaine trafficking after police raided his home on Summit Street N.W. Police found 4 pounds of cocaine and crack, along with three handguns, one of which was reported stolen, body armor and $20,000 in cash.
Police estimate the street value of the drugs at $200,000.
Neighbors said they were shocked, and disappointed, to find out there was a major drug operation so close to their homes.
Reginald Fryer and his family moved to Warren about three years ago.They have five kids and wanted to get away from the crime in their hometown of Buffalo.
“I love it. I have been here for three years. Have not seen that much except what you told me today. And that was a shock,” Fryer said. “We really didn’t even know that type of activity is going on down the street. But you never really know. I think every parent should talk to their kid about that. It might not be on the next block, but it might be on the next block after that. The kids see it.”
The bust on Tuesday was the result of a two-month investigation and Allen was arrested by the Warren Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit. Warren Police Chief Eric Merkel said it is one of the bigger busts that have happened during his tenure as chief and he hopes it will prevent other crimes.
“Most of our homicides in the city are drug-related and this search and confiscation of these drugs and firearms goes a long way to kind of quell that,” Merkel said.
Fryer said it is important for parents to talk to their kids and other about what is going on.
“Our kids see it. Other kids see it. The kids are not stupid. So we just have to be better parents and come together for the community and do something for the kids so they don’t have to see it,” he said.
He said it is conversation he already is having with his family.
“Pretty much, pray. You know, keep God first. Don’t talk to strangers. Don’t accept anything. Just stay away from drugs,” Fryer said.