Warren raid turns up heroin, cash and firearms


WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – More than a quarter-of-a-million dollars in drugs is off the streets in Trumbull County after a raid in Warren earlier this week.

After a two-month investigation, members of the Warren Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit executed a search warrant at 1538 North Road S.E. Inside the house, they found 1,800 grams of suspected heroin, two guns, two digital scales, packaging material and $6,000 in cash.

The 1,800 grams is equal to four pounds of sugar and has a street value of $250,000.

“I am extremely proud of our street crimes unit and the work that they are doing to remove drugs and weapons off the street,” Warren Mayor Doug Franklin said.

The home is in a well-off neighborhood, less than a mile from Howland’s North Road Intermediate School and just a few blocks from U.S. Route 422.

That was a large bust. It is just not going to benefit our citizens, but where it was located is going to be extremely beneficial to our business community in that corridor of the city,” Franklin said.

Police have charged Ricardo Mckinney, 29, who was the target of the investigation, with felony possession of heroin and having weapons under disability. He pleaded not guilty in Warren Municipal Court on Thursday and is being held at the Trumbull County Jail without bond pending a preliminary hearing next week.

But this is not the first time McKinney has been in trouble.

In 2008, he was sentenced to 19 months in prison for possession of cocaine and failure to comply. And in 2011, McKinney was sent to prison again for seven months on a domestic violence charge, according to court records.

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