Youngstown police make largest fentanyl bust on city’s south side

Darien Thompson, 21, and Joshua Ortiz, 24, were charged with drug possession after the Youngstown raid

Darien Thompson and Joshua Ortiz were charged with drug possession following a raid in Youngstown, Ohio.
L: Darien Thompson, R: Joshua Ortiz


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown police said a large amount of fentanyl — a drug said to be at least 50 times stronger than heroin — is off the streets after a raid on the city’s south side.

Police searched an apartment building in the 800 block of Cameron Avenue Wednesday afternoon. They said it’s the largest fentanyl bust in the city.

“It’s over five and a half ounces of fentanyl, which is the largest seizure I think we’ve seen so far,” Lt. Gerry Slattery said. “Fentanyl is becoming more prevalent and prevalent in the area but yeah, this is the largest seizure that we have got of fentanyl to date.”

They found a coffee can containing 158 grams of fentanyl, one bag of cocaine, two digital scales, protective gloves and masks, and a marijuana grinder.

Police said there were also kids inside while the search was going on.

Darien Thompson, 21, and Joshua Ortiz, 24, were arrested at the scene and charged with drug possession.

Darien Thompson and Joshua Ortiz were charged with drug possession following a raid in Youngstown, Ohio.
L: Darien Thompson, R: Joshua Ortiz

A woman who claims she lives in the apartment building yelled at WKBN crews to leave the property on Thursday.

Police had been watching this spot the last several weeks after getting complaints from neighbors. It’s the second time there’s been a raid on this street in the last six months.

“Unfortunately, we’re trying to stay up on top of it but you know, at times it feels like we’re fighting a losing battle but we’re doing the best we can,” Slattery said.

Police also raided a home on Clyde Street on the north side Wednesday night, finding even more fentanyl, along with sizable amounts of suspected heroin and cocaine.

While Slattery called the seizures significant, he said his work isn’t finished.

“The drugs are coming in from somewhere so you know, we’re gonna continue trying to get to that next level.”

Both Thompson and Ortiz are scheduled to appear in municipal court Friday afternoon.

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