New Castle News

June 14, 2013

Two arrested in East Side drug raid

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Narcotics officers arrested two men and seized heroin in a raid of a house on New Castle’s East Side.

New Castle Police Chief Bobby Salem said city police and Lawrence County District Attorney’s detectives served a sealed search warrant at Apartment D, 502 Florence Ave., around 9 p.m. Wednesday.

They arrested Jaered N. Andrews, 34, who is a renter at that address, and Jamal A. Finley, 35, of Youngstown.

When officers arrived, Andrews jumped out a second-floor window, landing close to where a police canine was standing, Salem said. He suffered a cut to his foot and was taken to Jameson Hospital for treatment before being admitted to the Lawrence County jail.

Salem said the occupants had been tipped off that police were on their way and had hid most of the drugs in a hole in the drywall in the living room.

“We ripped the drywall off the wall,” he said, and found a bag of heroin containing four individual bags.

Drugs seized during the search, police said, were a half-ounce of marijuana, 1.3 grams of crack cocaine and 4.6 grams of heroin.

Police also confiscated syringes, packaging items, a scale and pills, they added.

A woman who was at the apartment was later released, police said.

Andrews and Finley are charged with three counts each of possession with intent to deliver, two counts of criminal conspiracy with intent to deliver, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both were arraigned Thursday morning by District Judge David B. Rishel, who set their bonds at $25,000 each.

Lawrence County juvenile probation officers also participated in the detail, along with officers from the city’s narcotics unit and special response team and the district attorney’s detectives and drug task force and special investigations unit.

Salem said the search was initiated this week by members of the city’s new street crimes unit.

He noted that since the four-man team started its work Monday, in three days it has seized a quantity of guns and drugs and has filed robbery charges against one person.

In an unrelated detail, around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, members of the unit seized a loaded semiautomatic handgun during a traffic stop. They arrested Zane Reza Fustos, 32, of 417 E. Lutton St.

Police said he was wanted on a warrant for public drunkenness and had the gun in his backpack. They also learned he is on probation.

He faces two felony counts of carrying a firearm without a license. Rishel committed him to the county jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.