Thu. 11:23am: ‘Operation: Little D-Town’ enters Day 2

WARREN – Day two of “Operation: Little D-Town” got off to a running start early this morning as agents swarmed the city looking for individuals indicted on state and federal drug and gun charges.

Law enforcement is calling the sweep, which started early Wednesday morning, one of its biggest crime busts in local history.

Nineteen federal indictments were unsealed charging 55 people – including a man accused in the Nov. 11, 2012, shooting death of Marco Dukes Sr. – with various violations of federal narcotics and weapons charges in Warren and the surrounding area. At the same time, 42 people were charged in state court.

Of those, 23 were arraigned in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Wednesday afternoon. All had not guilty verdicts entered for them.

The indictments came after a yearlong undercover investigation that officials said targeted numerous drug-trafficking organizations in Warren, Youngstown and surrounding areas.

Officials said they are hopeful today’s roundup is as successful as Wednesday’s.

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