Raid leads to drug arrest

NILES — After investigating drug activity at 178 Royal Mall Drive for more than two months, Niles police Friday arrested a man on a charge of drug trafficking, according to a news release.

Jaylen Dukes, 24, was arrested during the 8:30 a.m. raid at the house and taken to the Trumbull County Jail, where he is being held on a $5,000 bond, according to jail and court records.

Dukes is charged with third-degree felony drug trafficking in Niles Municipal Court, according to court records. He has not entered a plea.

“The Niles Police Department will continue to aggressively remove drug dealers from the city. Our Street Crimes Unit and Drug Unit are actively engaged in ongoing operations, and with the assistance of the Special Response Team, we will maintain our commitment to making your community one that no longer appeals to drug dealers,” police Capt. John Marshall said.

Officers in the drug unit made controlled buys of cocaine, heroin and prescription drugs during the two-month investigation, the release states.

In the home Friday, police said they found heroin packaging materials, a scale with unknown powder and cash.

The raid is the second theft the drug unit has conducted since it was reinstated when the city called back laid-off officers earlier this year.

On Aug. 23, Marlan Williams Jr. was arrested on a charge of drug trafficking at 653 Bellair Court after a two-month investigation. Williams’ case was bound over to Trumbull County Common Pleas Court after a grand jury indicted him on five felony counts of drug trafficking, according to court records. Williams is free on bond and scheduled to appear Dec. 1 for a pretrial hearing.

Members of the public can feed tips about drug activity to detectives by sending an email to drugtips@thecityofniles.com.

In order to obtain warrants and further their investigations, the department asks the public to send emails with as much information as possible, like license plate numbers, dates, times and the exact location of the suspected activity.

rfox@tribtoday.com

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