New Castle News

March 6, 2013

Search yields gun, drug paraphernalia

Debbie Wachter
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Alleged drug-dealing has been curtailed at a city home where neighbors had complained about a lot of traffic.

Narcotics officers looking for drugs raided a house at 815 N. Ashland Ave. with a search warrant Tuesday morning, according to New Castle Police Chief Bobby Salem.

They found a minimal amount of drugs, some cash, drug paraphernalia and a gun that had a sanded-off serial number and is believed to have been stolen, Salem said.

Police arrested and charged Darlene Reynolds, 48, whose street name is “Miss Florida,” they said.

She was at home with a male who lives with her, when officers arrived around 6:50 a.m No one else was in the house, and both were taken into custody, pending the outcome of the search, Salem said. The male was then released.

Members of the New Castle police narcotics bureau collaborated on the raid with the department’s special response team and the Lawrence County District Attorney’s special investigation unit.

Salem said the departments had received numerous complaints about suspected drug traffic at the house.

The couple was renting it, and the police had intended to contact the landlord about the raid Tuesday, he said.

The house is owned by Larry Morini of Wampum.

 “A neighbor thanked us while were down there,” Salem said, “because of the amount of trafic in the area. It was more about shutting down the house.”

Police have charged Reynolds with altering or obliterating the mark of identification on a firearm, which is a felony offense, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

She was arraigned Tuesday afternoon by District Judge Melissa A. Amodie, who released her on a nonmonetary bond.

(Email: dwachter@ncnewsonline.com)