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July 27, 2013

Detroit Suspects: Two jump during South Side drug raid

NEW CASTLE — Two men jumped from second-floor windows when police raided a South Side house.

New Castle police Friday charged four people in connection with the raid and seized 10.9 grams of heroin with an estimated street value of $2,000.

Two of the accused are residents of Detroit.

The police narcotics unit, along with the Lawrence County District Attorney’s detectives and special investigative unit, served a sealed search warrant on the house at 1307 Grimes St. around 8 p.m. Monday.

The city police special response team made an aggressive entry using diversionary flash bangs, according to Lawrence County District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa.

He said that Donte “Little D” Terrell, 20, of Detroit, literally dived out of the house from a window about 20 feet from the ground and landed on his head.

“He hit the ground with a thud, then got up and ran,” Lamancusa said. Officers chased him on foot and a canine officer and detective captured him in the street on the South Side.

The officers escorted Terrell to the hospital to be checked for a possible head injury, and he was cleared, there, Lamancusa said, adding, “I’m not sure how he escaped injury at all.”

Myron Gardner, 21 of 526 W. Washington St., jumped from another second-floor window but was immediately caught by a member of the special response team. He also was uninjured.

Tristan “Bones” Morgan, 28, of Detroit, was inside the house with an unknown female who was later released because she was not involved in the investigation, Lamancusa said.

The police charged Morgan, Terrell and Gardner and Jennifer Alund, 36, who lives at the Grimes Street address.

Lamancusa said the seizure netted two chunks of pure heroin, plus 20 individually wrapped foil packets of it.

The police also confiscated $541.

No weapons were found.

“This was a house where the individuals inside were using,” Lamancusa said. “The product would come in from Detroit and it was a distribution point.”

The arrests stem from undercover operations using surveillance and confidential informants, he said.

Terrell, Gardner and Alund are all charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver drugs, one count of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Gardner and Terrell also are charged with one count of flight to avoid apprehension and Terrell is also accused of resisting arrest.

Morgan is charged with a single count of possession with intent to deliver.

Warrants have been issued for the arrest of the four.

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