Last week was productive for the Middletown Division of Police as officers seized $110,000 in cash, thousands of dollars worth of drugs, eight guns, two of them reported stolen, and two cars during three search warrants, according to police.
“Our top priority is the safety of our citizens,” said police Chief David Birk. “When you have all these guns and drugs that leads to violence. We want to make Middletown a safe and inviting place.”
On Wednesday, the Middletown Division of Police Special Operations Unit, with assistance of the SWAT team and support and cooperation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, executed search warrants at 511 15th Ave. and 717 10th Ave.
The result of the searches produced “a sizeable amount” of cocaine, approximately six pounds of marijuana, an AK-47 rifle, five handguns, two rifles, and $105,000 in cash, according to police officials.
Two vehicles were also confiscated for later forfeiture. One of the handguns located was determined to stolen from the city of Trenton, police said.
Benjamin Davis and Jatae Tisdale were arrested on Wednesday and booked into the city jail.
Davis, 43, was charged with aggravated drug trafficking in a school zone, having weapons under disability and drug abuse cocaine. During the arraignment for Davis on Friday, Middletown Municipal Court Judge James Sherron set bond at $100,000 or 10% rule.
Davis posted a cash bond on Friday, according to court records. His preliminary hearing was set for 9 a.m. Feb. 17, according to court records.
Tisdale, 37, was charged with receiving stolen property, drug abuse cocaine, and drug paraphernalia. Judge Sherron set her bond at $10,000 or 10%. Her preliminary hearing was set for 9 a.m. Feb. 10.
On Tuesday, Christopher E. Young, 43, of Middletown, who was on parole from a previous conviction of drug trafficking in methamphetamine, was arrested and booked in the Middletown City Jail. He was charged with possession of drugs, trafficking in drugs in a school zone, both first-degree felonies, having weapons while under disability and a parole violation.
His cash or surety bond was set at $210,000 by Judge Sherron.
The Middletown Division of Police, in partnership with the Ohio Adult Parole Authority, executed a search warrant at 3712 Fisher Ave. They discovered about 700 grams of methamphetamine with a street value of $70,000, police said.
Also a large caliber handgun, which later was determined to be stolen from the city of Oxford, was seized along with $5,000 in cash.
Anyone wishing to provide information about drug trafficking is encouraged to call the drug hotline at 513-425-7749.
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