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August 22, 2013

Story Update: Detroit man jailed following drug raid

NEW CASTLE — A Detroit man went to jail yesterday after police allegedly found crack cocaine, heroin and a gun during a search.

Members of the New Castle police special response team and narcotics bureau, along with members and detectives of the Lawrence County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force, served a search warrant at a first-floor apartment at 1604 Highland Ave.

Richard Deangelo “Al” Hitchcock, 36, of Detroit was one of two men in the house when officers entered at 6 a.m. Police confiscated more than 40 grams of suspected crack cocaine and 7.6 grams of heroin, along with some pills.

Hitchcock was lying on the living room couch when police entered, and the other man was in a bedroom. A loaded Miroku .38 special pistol was in a backpack near where Hitchcock had been sleeping, according to reports.

The confiscated drugs have a total estimated street value of about $5,000, according to District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa.

He said Hitchcock had $944 in his pocket and 11 individual bags of the crack cocaine weighing a total of 6.4 grams. Hitchcock also had four Suboxone strips.

Hitchcock’s backpack also contained another bag containing 25.5 grams of crack cocaine and a bag containing 24 individual bags of suspected crack weighing 13.5 grams, five white stamp bags containing 7.6 grams total of suspected heroin, two pill bottles of medication, a digital scale and clothing.

Police also found two suspected crack pipes and bottles of pills in the bedroom.

Lamancusa said the raid came about following an investigation that police initiated after receiving numerous citizen complaints.

The house is owned by John D. and John M. Cebulka of Cockeysville, Md., according to county assessment records, and is assumed to be leased to the other man.

He allegedly told police that Hitchcock was sleeping on the couch at the apartment because he needed a place to stay.

Police have not filed charges against him.

Hitchcock is charged with illegal possession of a firearm, two counts each of possession with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arraigned yesterday afternoon by District Judge David B. Rishel and lodged in the Lawrence County jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.

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