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November 4, 2013

Men arrested in raids remain jailed

NEW CASTLE — Two men arrested in drug raids this week remain in the Lawrence County jail on $50,000 bond each.

Tarray Sims, 36, of 744 Paul St., known as “Shine,” was arrested Wednesday. He is charged with four counts of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, five counts of possession of a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of children and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Steven Houston, 31, of 1319 Laurel Place, known as “P,” was arrested Thursday. He is charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy to possess a controlled substance with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, criminal conspiracy to posses a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Tara Marie Voto, 35, also of 1319 Laurel Place, also was arrested Thursday. She faces charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, conspiracy to posses with intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, conspiracy to possess a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Court papers indicate a non-monetary bond was set for Voto, who had provided a written statement detailing her knowledge of Houston’s drug dealing history, and said the controlled substances found in the house were not hers.

The New Castle Police department’s narcotics bureau, the Lawrence County District Attorney’s Drug Task Force special investigations unit and the city police special response team, raided 744 Paul St. at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday finding three men, two women and a 1-year-old girl. One female and the baby were released to family members by Lawrence County Children and Youth Services.

Officers said they found 3.9 grams of suspected heroin, 1.8 grams of suspected cocaine, 1 gram of suspected Ecstasy, five 8-milligram packets of Suboxone, and about one gram of suspected marijuana.

They also found $256, a bag of change and drug paraphernalia.

At 10 a.m. Thursday, officers raided 1319 Laurel Place. They said they found four bags of suspected crack cocaine, which collectively weighed 42.5 grams. They also found a 9 mm handgun, hollow-point ammunition and drug paraphernalia.

Officers said Voto was alone in the house. Prior to the raid, police said, they had seen Houston drive up, then leave. Houston was stopped on Grove Street, the vehicle towed to an impound lot and he was taken into custody.

Police said suspected controlled substances from both raids will be sent to the state police laboratory in Greensburg for chemical analysis.

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