WARREN - A judge Monday agreed to allow a homeowner in Warren to voluntarily board up her home for at least a year after the house was targeted earlier in the month as a ''drug house'' and a nuisance.
Common Pleas Judge W. Wyatt McKay allowed Annie Foster, of Canton, the owner of the home at the corner of Wick and Rogers S.E., to still maintain what Foster called her family home.
A drug task force and Warren police raided the place June 6, arresting Foster's son and another man, who remain free on bond after being charged with heroin possession. Neither man attended the brief hearing in McKay's chambers, but both still have their drug cases pending in Warren Municipal Court.
Attorney Traci Timko Rose said Annie Foster cooperated freely with city officials who sought to eliminate drug activity at the site.
''We have been meeting with her (Annie Foster) over the past several months. And we explained that as a nuisance we would have to board the home up. She wasn't being displaced and agreed to the procedure,'' Rose said.
Foster did attend the hearing and explained her position to the judge, Rose said.
Heroin, guns, security cameras and an undisclosed amount of cash were found inside the house when it was raided.
Convicted drug dealer Carl Foster, 57, 2345 Wick Ave. S.E., and Antonio Stubbs, 27, of Warren, were each charged with felony heroin possession. They were both taken to the Trumbull County Jail, but released later Thursday after posting $3,500 bond each.
Incoming Warren police chief, Capt. Eric Merkel explained the raid was part of a collaborative effort among his department, the city prosecutor's office, Trumbull County Sheriff's Office and Trumbull Ashtabula Group Law Enforcement Task Force. He described it as a practice he hopes to continue.
Confidential informants purchased heroin several times since the investigation started in April, officials said. The probe also followed a similar raid in May 2010.
Carl Foster was sentenced to one year in prison after the 2010 raid on drug trafficking and weapons charges. He also served six months in jail in 2005 for heroin trafficking.