Youngstown police seize drugs, over $11K in cash during drug raid

Several drugs, including fentanyl, cocaine and heroin were found

Victor Green and Roscoe Burkes
L: Victor Green; R: Roscoe Burkes

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Three men are facing drug charges following a drug raid on the city’s north side.

According to a police report, officers went to a home in the 400 block of Emerson Place about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to execute a search warrant. When they arrived, officers encountered Victor Green, 45, and Roscoe Burkes, 48, both of Youngstown, inside a vehicle parked at the house. A search of the suspects and the vehicle revealed several drugs, including fentanyl, heroin, oxycodone, and cocaine.

Police also seized $10,781 from Green and $571 from Burkes. They also found $340 in the console of the car. When officers entered the house they found a baggie of marijuana and a digital scale, the report stated.

“We’re pretty sure that money was going to be re-circulated to buy other illicit drugs, illegal drugs, and it would make its way around the community again,” said Lt. Gerry Slattery, Youngstown Police Department.

Slattery said they are usually able to seize drugs or cash but rarely both. If the suspects are convicted, the police can keep the money for a Law Enforcement Fund to benefit city and county law enforcement efforts. Last year, the Youngstown Police Department was able to keep $60,000 in drug forfeiture money.

“We’ll use it for vice issues as far as controlled drug buys and also police equipment,” Slattery said.

Several people were inside the house at the time of the raid, including 59-year-old Willie Caldwell, who police say lives there.

Green and Burkes were arrested and charged with drug possession. Caldwell was issued a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

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