Niles Police make large-scale heroin bust

90 grams of heroin, marijuana, a firearm and several thousand dollars in cash were found, according to police

Niles Police recovered drugs and cash Friday in what the police department is calling the largest heroin and cash seizure in the department's history
Niles Police recovered drugs and cash Friday in what the police department is calling the largest heroin and cash seizure in the department's history (photo courtesy of Niles Police Department).

NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – Niles Police recovered drugs and cash Friday in what the police department is calling the largest heroin and cash seizure in the department’s history.

The seizure was a result of a search warrant executed at the Carnegie Arms Apartments on Youll Street. Police said 94.5 grams of heroin, $8,076 in cash, a firearm, a 2004 Pontiac and miscellaneous drug paraphernalia and marijuana.

Jonathan Barnes, Jr., charged with aggravated drug trafficking
Jonathan Barnes, Jr.

Niles Police Detective Jim Robbins said the heroin that was found is worth about $100,000 on the street.

“That’s an enormous amount to have,” he said.

Jonathan Barnes, Jr., 24, is charged with aggravated drug trafficking. He was taken to the Trumbull County Jail.

Robbins said Barnes may face additional charges, as well as his girlfriend, who was living in the apartment.

The investigation was conducted by the police department’s Street Crimes and Drug Unit, which worked around the clock watching suspected drug transactions from the apartment.

The police department said the Trumbull Ashtabula Group Drug Task Force assisted with the raid and SIMCO Management helped fund the extra duty detail.



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