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Three arrested in raid

Task force: Guns, drugs seized in Warren home

October 7, 2010 - By JOE GORMAN Tribune Chronicle


WARREN - The head of the Trumbull Ashtabula Group drug task force said three men taken into custody Tuesday evening after a raid on a Woodbine Avenue S.E. home are ''mid-level'' drug dealers.

Additionally, two of the three men arrested at about 9:30 p.m. at the 840 Woodbine Ave. S.E. home - Desemen Douglas, 30, and Earl Hudson, 29 - were wounded by gunfire April 24 in a parking lot at the corner of Woodbine Avenue S.E. and Youngstown Road.

Desemen Douglas and Destin Douglas, 27, each were arraigned Wednesday in Municipal Court on charges of illegal manufacture of drugs.

Hudson was arrested on a felony possession of cocaine charge but has yet to be arraigned, according to court records. He was released from Trumbull County Jail, according to a spokesman there.

Desemen Douglas and Destin Douglas both pleaded innocent and remained in the Trumbull County Jail on Wednesday with preliminary hearings set for Oct. 18.

Trumbull County Sheriff's Office Lt. Jeff Orr, the head of the task force, said officers could smell marijuana outside when they arrived and that two people showed up to buy drugs while TAG was there.

Officers have watched the home for a couple of months, he said. An investigation began after they received several complaints about it, he said.

Seized inside the home were 12 bags of marijuana, $1,700 in cash, a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun and ammunition, a police scanner, and 3.5 ounces of powder cocaine, police said.

Orr said the powder cocaine is especially valuable, with a street value of $1,400 to $1,800 an ounce.

There was also evidence that people inside were cooking the cocaine to turn it into crack cocaine, Orr said.

He said he thinks the people in the house had lived there for about a year.

''They're mid level players,'' Orr said. ''They were not low key. There traffic at the house - noticeable traffic.''

In April, Desemen Douglas and Hudson were inside a parked 1990 Chevrolet Astro van at the corner of Youngstown Road and Woodbine Avenue S.E. in the parking lot of the former RB Club when they were shot.

An officer at the scene said it appeared one of the victims was an innocent bystander and the other was the intended target.
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