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March 8, 2014

Felon arrested for drugs on Halco Drive

NEW CASTLE — Narcotics investigators found cocaine and marijuana while serving a sealed search warrant on Halco Drive Thursday.

They also confiscated oxycodone pills and a loaded .38-caliber pistol.

Members of the New Castle police special response team and the Lawrence County Drug Task Force entered an apartment at 308 Halco Drive around 6:30 a.m. to serve the warrant, which was the result of ongoing undercover operations, according to Lawrence County District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa.

Tyrale “Herk” Sherrod, 28, of that address, was lying on the couch in the apartment, which also was occupied by a woman. Three children — ages 3, 4 and 6 — were upstairs in bunkbeds when police arrived, Lamancusa said.

The woman was taken to the hospital for treatment for a pre-existing medical condition and will face charges later, he said.

The children were turned over to Lawrence County Children and Youth Services.

Police said suspected marijuana was in plain view on an end table in the living room. The marijuana, weighing about 9 grams, was seized, police said, along with a keychain pill bottle containing 11 suspected Roxicodone tablets, and a plastic bag containing 2 grams of suspected crack.

They also allegedly found pipes and drug packaging material in the apartment.

The apartment is owned by the Lawrence County Housing Authority and is located within 1,000 feet of a child daycare center which, according to Lamancusa, is considered a school zone. That means if he is convicted, Sherrod could face a state prison sentence, because a school zone offense carries an additional two years incarceration upon conviction, and Sherrod has a prior felony drug conviction. He also could face five to 10 years for the firearms charge as a felon and more years for the drug charges, Lamancusa said.

Sherrod is charged with two counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, three counts of possession and one count each of possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal possession of a firearm.

He was arraigned Thursday before District Judge Melissa A. Amodie and committed to the Lawrence County jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.

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