The Boardman Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU) raided homes at 69 Wildwood Dr. and 342 Melrose Ave. last Thursday, confiscating money, drugs and at least one handgun.
A source closely associated with the raid on Wildwood Dr. told The Boardman News the home had been under surveillance since March and is believed to have been a ‘cash and carry’ drug outlet. Some of the persons who ‘hung out’ at the home had been linked to a purchase of a kilo of cocaine a couple of years ago, the source added.
A 19-year-old, unemployed boy said to reside at the Wildwood Dr. address, who had ‘moved’ upwards of $37,000 recently during bank transactions, was not there at the time of the raid.
Inside the Wildwood Dr. home, according to a return on a search warrant, police found two plastic bags of marihuana in a laundry basket located in a bedroom of Jabrail Garner.
Also found in the home was an FNH 5.7 pistol in a closet, a safe that contained $7920, a marihuana grinder and another stash of cash that totaled nearly $1,200.
Inside a Chevy Malibu (rented) that was in the driveway of the home, NEU officers found a plastic bag containing marihuana.
All of the property, including some paperwork and an I-pad with a keypad were confiscated by authorities.
A man who was inside the home at the time of the raid, identified as Richard McDowell, 58, was charged with obstructing official business and resisting arrest.
When NEU officers entered the home they found MCDowell in the kitchen.
“He refused to comply with verbal commands, then became aggressive towards officers,” Sgt. Mike Hughes, head of the NEU said. McDowell was tased, and then became compliant, Sgt. Hughes indicated.
Police then went to 342 Melrose Ave. were reportedly two wheelchair-bound persons lived in a house with three dogs and another man.
“The basement was filled with animal feces,” Sgt. Hughes said. One law enforcement officer couldn’t enter the home because of the smell.
A search of the Melrose home turned-up two syringes and eight grams of an unknown white powder, Sgt. Hughes said.