YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) - Four people were arrested and an officer was taken to the hospital following two drug raids in the city Wednesday.
According to a police report, officers were executing a search warrant about 6:30 p.m. at a house in the 300 block of Willis Avenue where they found drugs, guns and cash.
Officers seized seven baggies of heroin, three baggies of crack cocaine, 20 oxycodone pills, one baggie of fentanyl, two loaded guns, a digital scale, and over $1,500 in cash, the report stated.
The drugs were hidden all over the house, including some in a kitchen blender.
During the raid, an officer wearing protective gear was exposed to an opioid and taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital for treatment.
“I’m surprised it hasn’t happened earlier for how much we’re seeing it. He was accidentally exposed. We took him to the hospital and he checked out fine,” said Lt. Gerry Slattery.
Vincent Hill, 41, and Raylen Wallace, 32, were arrested and charged with drug possession.
In another drug raid about an hour earlier on Campbell Avenue, officers seized several drugs including 11 bags of marijuana, four bags of cocaine, one bag of heroin, fentanyl, crack cocaine, suboxone strips, a heroin press, digital scale, a loaded gun, $1,167 in cash and a container in the basement containing marijuana.
Police say some of the drugs were found in a baby’s pack and play.
“We have seen a resurgence in crack cocaine. It has been coming back since last year,” Slattery said.
In that raid, Christopher Jones, 34, and Brittany Shelton, 26, were charged with drug possession. Jones faces an additional charge of having weapons while under disability.
Dwan Ford, 34, was issued a citation for marijuana possession.
Slattery said the raids are a result of the community and police working together.
“We had several complaints on both of these houses. We got them both under investigation. They are our eyes and ears, and we need them out there so we can do our job,” Slattery said.
The exposure to drugs may lead to changes for the Youngstown Police Department. Slattery expects to revisit procedures and possibly require more protective gear when officers are around drugs.