3 indicted on drug charges stemming from Youngstown raids

Keith Davenport, Danny Williams and Stephon Austin

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Three Youngstown men were indicted Thursday on various drug charges stemming from a pair of drug raids on May 20.

Danny Williams, 20, of East Lucius Avenue, was indicted on charges of cocaine possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, heroin possession and marijuana possession; Stephon Austin, 32, of Hillman Street, was indicted on charges of cocaine possession and possession of drug paraphernalia; and Keith Davenport, 34, of Park Heights Avenue, was indicted on charges of cocaine possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, heroin possession and having weapons while under disability.

All three remain free on bond, which was set at their arraignments in Youngstown Municipal Court after their original arrests, according to court records. No new court date has been set because the men have not yet been arrested on the indictments.

Police said they found more than $7,000 in drugs, including marijuana, crack and heroin, more than $4,000 in cash and approximately $1,000 in weapons, including a .44 Magnum revolver, at the homes of Williams on the south side and Davenport on the east side during raids on May 20.

Vice squad officers said the raids followed a series of undercover drug buys at both homes.

According to Mahoning County Common Pleas Court records, Williams pleaded guilty to a charge of marijuana trafficking in June 2013 and was sentenced to 30 days of house arrest and one year of probation, which he successfully completed.

Court records show Austin pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drug abuse in 2003 and was ordered to pay fines and costs.

Mahoning County Common Pleas Court records show Davenport pleaded guilty to a felony burglary charge in June 1999 and was sentenced to four years in prison in January 2000. However, his attorney appealed the sentence and he was then placed on two years probation with the stipulation that he earn his GED, attend family planning classes and maintain a full-time job, court records show.

Davenport was indicted in September 2003 on charges of marijuana trafficking, carrying concealed weapons and having weapons under disability, court records show. The drug charge was later dismissed and he pleaded guilty to the weapons charges, for which he was sentenced to three years of probation.

In September 2005, Davenport pleaded guilty to a charge of having weapons under disability and in October of 2006, he was sentenced to a mandatory three years in prison, court records show. He applied for, and was denied, early release three times while in prison.

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