YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown Police said a pair of drug raids show just how crucial it is for neighbors to be able to trust police and for different agencies to work together.
Agents with the Youngstown Police Department’s Vice Squad showed off more than $40,000 in drugs and cash seized at two homes in the city on Wednesday night. The stash included about 22 pounds of marijuana.
Police said they believe the drug sales have been going on for about a year now.
They learned about the operations a few weeks ago when neighbors complained to their Community Police officers who then gave the information to the Vice Squad.
“The partnership that Vice has with Community Police is unbelievable. They’re our eyes and ears out there. They bring us very good intel, and they also help execute these search warrants,” said Youngstown Police Lt. Gerry Slattery.
Just before 5 p.m. Wednesday, police searched a house on Rockview Avenue. When they got inside, they found a black garbage bag on the couch containing 20-gallon freezer bags full of marijuana, according to a police report.
Additional bags of marijuana were found throughout the house as well as loose prescription medications, including Tramadol and Methadone.
Police arrested 36-year-old Malcolm North inside the house. Officers said he had over $700 in his pocket and they found another $6,000 in the house, according to a police report.
A Mercedes-Benz and Cadillac Escalade were also seized in the raid.
North is charged with three counts of drug possession.
Just before that, police also arrested 44-year-old Brian Niznik and 24-year-old Charles Crosby as a result of a search of a home on Oxford Lane.
Police said bags of cocaine, marijuana, a digital scale and cash were found. Police said the 30 grams of cocaine that was seized is worth about $1,500.
Crosby was charged with possession of cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia, while Niznik was charged with possession of cocaine.
All of the suspects are expected to appear in court on Friday.
Police admit making neighbors comfortable enough to let their officers know what’s happening involves a great deal of trust, but they hope the cooperation can continue.
“They’re either gonna tell us in person or we have a number that’s confidential, and they’ll call us up and I’ll have my guys start to do a little bit of background,” said Detective Sgt. Pat Kelly.
The officers say that their work is a continuing battle.