YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Police say they’ve had a number of complaints about a house on the city’s south side, which prompted a drug raid Wednesday that ended in three arrests.
Officers were executing a search warrant at the house in the 200 block of E. Philadelphia Ave. when they found multiple drugs, guns and cash.
When officers entered the house, they encountered several people inside. During a search of the house and people, officers found one baggie of crack cocaine, three digital scales, three baggies of marijuana, 44 alprazolam pills and $1,024 in cash.
“This house was literally off the hook with drug sales, cars going in all day and night, five minutes at a time, boom, boom, boom,” said Lt. Gerry Slattery, Youngstown Police Department. “They were selling crack, cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and we knew that for a fact.”
James Jennings, 25, and Demetric Cobb, 18, were charged with drug possession. A woman in the house who identified herself as Jennings’ girlfriend, 23-year-old Janae Gambill-White, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for a seat belt violation.
Four young children in the house, belonging to Gambill-White, were turned over to their grandmother.
Slattery said this isn’t the first time they’ve come across kids living in a drug house. He said he thinks parents selling drugs are oblivious to the harm facing their children.
“A lot of homicides and everything else directly related to drugs, and I just think it is ignorance, you know, they just don’t think it’s going to happen to them,” Slattery said.
Slattery admits it’s an uphill battle to get drugs off the streets, adding that fentanyl could soon surpass heroin as the new drug of choice.
All three suspects arrested in the raid are scheduled to appear in court Friday.