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Columbiana County Drug Task Force successful during raids

November 7, 2012
Morning Journal News

LISBON - Raids conducted Monday in Salem and near Salineville by the Columbiana County Drug Task Force resulted in charges being filed in both cases.

The DTF first went to a Salem apartment house on South Lundy Avenue in response to numerous complaints and as part of an ongoing investigation. They were assisted by Salem police and officers from the state Adult Parole Authority because the suspected resident, Tammy Mason, was wanted for violating parole.

DTF Director Dan Downard said they lacked a search warrant and no one answered the door, but they contacted the landlord, who sent a representative to let them in. Downard said state parole officers have a certain amount of legal leeway when they believe a parole violator is inside and refusing to answer the door.

After entering the house, two women were found in the basement, while a man was discovered hiding under a pile of clothes in an upstairs closet.

The one woman who did not live there was allowed to leave, but the other female was identified as Mason, 40. She was taken into custody for violating her probation.

The man hiding under the clothes was Danielle Littles, 32, who was charged with obstructing police business. Littles produced a Georgia driver's license but said he recently arrived in Salem. Agents learned Littles was also wanted on federal drug-related charges in Ohio.

A search of the apartment resulted in the seizure of drug paraphernalia, money, firearms, 14 grams of suspected heroin, 47 grams of suspected crack cocaine, prescription medication and suspected stolen property.

The other investigation involved a control buy at the home of David C. Brown, Malone Road, Washington Township. Chris Hicks, 28, of East Liverpool, was charged with drug trafficking for allegedly attempting to deliver 100 doses of heroin to a confidential informant working with the DTF.

Brown, 52, was arrested earlier the same day by the Carroll County Sheriff's Office for allegedly trying to sell 50 doses of heroin during an undercover buy in Carrollton. He reportedly also had another 50 doses of heroin on him at the time of his arrest.

In addition to the heroin, agents also found cash on Hicks and in his vehicle, along with a small amount of marijuana.

Additional charges are expected to be filed in both cases.

Hicks' traveling companion, a woman from Newark, N.J., was released.

Downard said the woman told them she came to the county because her home in New Jersey was still without power from Superstorm Sandy.

"I can't say there's a connection, but we have historically had a large amount of heroin coming from the Newark area," he said.



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