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May 22, 2013

Man sentenced after hotline calls lead to drug arrest

NEW CASTLE — A former Youngstown man, arrested after North Hill neighbors called the District Attorney’s Drug Hotline, has been sentenced.

Rodney Bernard Madison, 37, formerly of Thornton Avenue, Youngstown, was sentenced to two to five years in the Lawrence County jail with credit for 732 days served, followed by two years probation. He is also to pay costs of prosecution.

Lawrence County President Judge Dominick Motto, who imposed the sentence, also ordered that all electronics, cell phones, coins, personal property and $1,614 seized by the commonwealth be forfeited to the Lawrence County Drug Task Force.

A firearm, a Ruger .380 hand gun and ammunition, in possession of the commonwealth, is ordered forfeited and have been scheduled for destruction.

Madison pleaded guilty to possession of crack cocaine with intent to deliver.

Charges, filed May 13, 2011, initially included two counts of possession of a controlled substance and an additional charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. The charge of prohibited possession of a firearm was later dismissed.

According to District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa, the plea and sentence stemmed from multiple citizen complaints received by the New Castle Police Department narcotics division and the Lawrence County District Attorney’s Drug Hotline beginning in May 2011.

The complaints involved high foot and vehicle traffic at all hours in and out of 7 W. Edison Ave.

In response to the citizens’ complaints, the New Castle narcotics division, in a joint operation with the Lawrence County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force and detectives, set up surveillance and determined controlled substances were being distributed in the residence.

A search warrant was obtained and Madison was arrested, charged with the possession with intent to deliver not only the cocaine, for which he was sentenced, but also charged with possession with intent to deliver counterfeit heroin.

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