EAST LIVERPOOL - Police officers responding to a fight call Tuesday night at 803 Bradshaw Ave. ended up at another residence where they reported finding drugs, large sums of cash and drug paraphernalia.
After responding to the initial call, officers were approached by Ashley Dearth, 18, who was "almost hysterical," advising them that two men had walked up to her and threatened to shoot her because someone's shoes were missing from the house.
She also told officers her home at 912 Bradshaw had been turned into a "trap house," with a bunch of people there that she wanted removed. Dearth told officers, however, she was afraid to go home because of the death threat and having seen a gun at her home.
Items seized during a drug bust Tuesday evening at a Bradshaw Ave. residence. (Photo courtesy of the East Liverpool Police Department)?
Capt. Pat Wright explained Wednesday that a "trap house" is one used in the drug trade by dealers who move in, sell drugs from it, then move on to another, eventually making their way back to that house for more drug activity.
Dearth told police she was on the rental lease along with her boyfriend Michael French.
Officers went to Dearth's home and knocked several times on the door but got no response, although they observed curtains moving inside.
Dearth advised the front door window was broken out so officers could reach in and unlock it, also telling them there was a gun inside, having been brought to the house and traded for drugs "the other day."
As officers entered the home, French came down the stairs and was patted down for weapons, acting nervous and shaking, according to reports. Although he reportedly denied anyone else being inside, officers found Pamela S. Risbeck lying on a couch just inside the front door. Risbeck had an active warrant and was taken into custody.
Officers found a locked door to the third floor but could hear footsteps in the area. Thomas Cowdery was found upstairs and ordered to lie on the floor. Four more people were found in the upstairs area.
When patted down, Cowdery was found to have a push rod he reportedly admitted was used for a crack pipe. Anthony Mascarella, aka Duke, was found to have a hard object between his legs but would not answer when asked what it was.
Inside his underwear was found a "fairly large" chunk of suspected heroin compressed into a hard block, inside a cloth bag. It was between the layers of cloth in Mascarella's underwear and had to be cut out.
In patting down Missie Faloba, officers located a straw cut to a couple inches in length with apparent residue at the end they said is commonly used for snorting drugs.
Devon Pasek was also patted down, and officers reportedly found a hard object in his pants pocket that turned out to be a large sum of money wrapped in rubber bands.
While patting down Antonio Wright, officers noticed his boots were loosely tied and appeared to have something inside he was trying to conceal, and a large sum of money was found.
Wright reported Wednesday about $2,100 in cash was seized from those searched as suspected drug proceeds.
Also reportedly found by officers was a dollar bill lying on the floor with a brown powdery substance suspected to be heroin and a crack pipe in the room from which the majority of people had come.
Cowdery, Faloba and Mascarella were advised they will be indicted through the grand jury, while French, 21, South Park Circle, and Risbeck, 37, Ogden Street, were taken into custody on outstanding warrants.
Ages and addresses of the others involved were not immediately available.