LIBERTY - Liberty police arrested two Youngstown men Wednesday evening after a 911 tip led officers to discover loaded handguns, cocaine and marijuana on the pair.
Police said Raylin Blunt, 36, and Milton Glenn, 36, were picked up at Walmart, 200 Goldie Road, around 8 p.m. Wednesday.
They were arraigned Thursday in Girard Municipal Court, and are being held in Trumbull County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bonds. The pair are due back in court at 9 a.m. Aug. 13.
Liberty police Chief Richard Tisone said officers acting on an anonymous tip Wednesday evening arrived at the store and found a man - identified as Glenn - leaving a parked car. After detaining Glenn, officers said they noticed Blunt, who was a passenger in the car, lean down and hide something under his seat.
Police reports show that after handcuffing both suspects, officers observed a black handgun partially wrapped under the seat. The serial number had been ground off the Ruger .9 mm with a fully loaded magazine.
Officers then searched Glenn, and found a small plastic bag of suspected powder cocaine, two pills identified as acetaminophen with hydrocodone and a wad of cash valued at $2,114, the police report states.
Officers later searched the rest of the car and found a digital scale with white powdery residue, as well as a fully loaded Smith & Wesson .9 mm handgun, with its serial number also shaved off, and an open bottle of tequila, the report states.
Police report that Blunt was arrested on felony charges of carrying a concealed weapon, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, having weapons while under disability and a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana. He also had active warrants for his arrest.
Glenn was charged with two felonies - trafficking in drugs and possession of criminal tools - and misdemeanor charges of obstructing official business and possession of dangerous drugs.
Tisone praised the work of his officers in handling a situation that could have quickly gotten out of hand.
"It's not often that I give my officers an 'attaboy,' but they did a good job with apprehending these suspects," Tisone said. "These suspects have lengthy criminal records, and they could have been considered armed and dangerous at the time of their arrest.
"Our officers displayed good police work (in securing the pair's arrest)."
Blunt, who was also found with a marijuana cigar in his pocket, told officers at the scene that he was carrying a handgun due to threats against his life stemming from a recent domestic violence incident he was involved in, the report said.
Tisone said that the guns have been sent out for DNA testing, as well to have the serial numbers checked. The possibility exists, Tisone said, that the guns may be stolen or used in other crimes.