11 charged after drugs investigation
NILES — The Niles Police Department has charged 11 people with drug possession and trafficking felonies, as the result of a monthslong investigation by the drug and street crimes unit.
The investigation involved watching suspected drug locations, traffic stops and undercover purchases of narcotics. Niles police said on social media that a large amount of seized drugs were sent the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations’ lab for testing.
“The Niles Police Department is committed to making the city an uncomfortable place for those who wish to traffic or possess illegal narcotics,” the department stated.
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The department has seen an uptick in methamphetamine use in the area. One of the 11 men is charged with two felonies. Of the 12 charges, six involve methamphetamine, four involve fentanyl and two involve cocaine.
Grady Cabot, 20, of Helsey Fusselman Road, Southington, was in court Aug. 10 on two felony charges of drug possession, one for fentanyl and one for methamphetamine. He was found guilty of one count and was given a $500 fine and a 180-day suspended jail sentence. The other charge was dismissed.
In court on Aug. 8, Daniel Chipps, 37, of North Road, Niles, was found guilty of a felony drug possession charge for methamphetamine. He was given a $250 fine and a 180-day jail sentence that was reduced to 128 days. He has not been released.
Reinaldo Lizardi, 21, of Longfellow Court, Warren, was found guilty of a felony drug possession charge for methamphetamine on Aug. 15. He was given a $1,000 fine and a 180-day jail sentence that was reduced to 178 days. He was released Aug. 15.
Jeremy McMahan, 43, of Mahoning Avenue, Youngstown, is in jail on a drug trafficking charge for methamphetamine. His case is to be heard by a grand jury. He was booked into the Trumbull County jail April 8, and his bond is set at $20,000.
Desmond Washington, 42, of Parkman Road, Warren, also was charged with drug trafficking and there is an active warrant for his arrest, according to Niles Municipal Court records.
Six individuals still have active warrants for their arrests relating to the drug charges. Court dates have not been set. These individuals are:
• Adam Miranda, 41, of Queens Drive, Newton Falls, for fentanyl possession;
• Todd Cerny, 40, of Downs Road, Champion, for fentanyl possession;
• Zachary Hutson, 32, of state Route 103, Willard, for fentanyl possession;
• Joseph Stabile, 41, of Phillips Avenue, Niles, for cocaine possession;
• Daniel Hunt, 37, of Katherine Street, Struthers, for methamphetamine possession;
• Randall Bennett, 30, of Smith Street, Niles, for methamphetamine possession.