YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown officers arrested a New Castle man Wednesday after they found drugs and a large amount of cash on him, according to a police report.
Police received a call from a resident on E. Lucius Avenue about a suspicious car parked in their driveway.
The resident said she asked the female driver what she was doing, and the driver said she was looking for her friend, according to the police report.
The resident told police she then saw a man, later identified as 32-year-old James Horne, walking through her backyard.
By the time police arrived, the car had left the driveway. The resident pointed it out to officers when it drove past on E. Lucius Avenue again.
Police pulled the vehicle over on E. Boston Avenue for a traffic violation, and said they could see a metal crack pipe and smell marijuana.
Horne and the driver both denied ever being at the home on E. Lucius Avenue.
After a search, police said they found cash in Horne’s pockets and the woman’s purse totaling $2,397.
The woman told police that she didn’t know Horne very well and was only giving him a ride, according to the police report. Officers said she started sobbing, saying Horne is a drug dealer and she didn’t want to get in trouble.
She also said that Horne had illegal contraband on him and put the cash in her purse right before they were pulled over, according to police.
The officers said Horne denied having any marijuana on him at first, but then pulled a half-burnt blunt from his rear end.
On the way to the jail, police said Horne admitted that he had more marijuana on him. Officers said they found some clenched in Horne’s fist and the rest scattered across the backseat of the police cruiser.
They also found crack cocaine in a plastic baggie and an Oxycodone pill.
Horne is charged with tampering with evidence, obstructing official business and possession of drugs, along with some traffic violations.