YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – It has been a busy start to the new year for the Youngstown Police Department’s Vice squad.
Police arrested six people for drug and weapon charges during the execution of search warrants at two homes on Pennsylvania and Delaware avenues on Wednesday. Four of those six arrested appeared in court Friday afternoon for their arraignment
Youngstown Police Lt. Gerry Slattery said police also made some unusual finds during their raids. Along with several drugs and weapons, an M-80 explosive device was found in an apartment on Pennsylvania Avenue. The Bomb Squad was called in to recover the explosive.
Slattery said a launcher was found at the Delaware Avenue home.
“One is an assault weapon, and it does have a 37 millimeter launcher on it, which is really unique,” Slattery said. “It’s something we don’t see every day.”
Slattery also said it is a weapon that is capable of much more.
“It’s capable of shooting any 37 millimeter round. Also, they have a cartridge that you’re able to load a shotgun shell into it,” he said. “It’s an assault rifle and a 12-gauge shotgun, also.”
Those charged include:
- Eric Fetty, 33: Improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, trafficking in drugs, drug paraphernalia, possession of drugs, unlawful possession of a dangerous ordinance
- David Daniels, 23: Arrested on a warrant for a failure to appear in court
- Damien Williams, 38: Possession of drugs
- Garell Williams, 23: Possession of heroin
- Damon Jones: Possession of drugs
- Kelsey Berkley, 18: Miscellaneous criminal incident
When asked if he was concerned about drug and weapons activity continuing in the city, Slattery said, “I think we put a dent in it. I really do. Did we stop it? No. We’re chasing it. Definitely.”
In an unrelated case, police are looking for Philip Lemon, charged with trafficking in heroin. Lemon is among the U.S. Marshals’ Service’s “Dangerous Dozen,” a list of their most-wanted criminals.
In that case, police nabbed 1.5 kilos of heroin, worth about $500,000, which they believe Lemon had in his possession.
That is the largest bust in the Youngstown Police Department’s history.