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Duffel bag of pot, cash and pills seized in Youngstown drug raid

Youngstown officers seized several drugs, cash and drug paraphernalia

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) - Youngstown officers seized several drugs, cash and drug paraphernalia during a raid on Tuesday.

Lieutenant Gerard Slattery said it's a big win for the department -- more than $8,000 in drugs seized and three suspects behind bars.

According to a police report, officers went to a home in the 400 block of Cleveland Street to issue a search warrant. As they went up to the house, they saw a car pull out, continue down Cleveland Street and run a stop sign.

Officers pulled over the driver, later identified as 22-year-old Robert Moore, searched the car.

They found a jar of marijuana in the console, 11 Oxycodone pills, one Alprazolam pill and over $1,300 in cash, according to the report.

Back at the house, a search uncovered a duffel bag and eight smaller bags of marijuana -- totaling six pounds and about $6,000, digital scales, a security system and two Oxycodone pills.

Moore was arrested, along with two others whose names were not released. He was charged with drug possession.

Amanda Cotton, 28, was booked into the Mahoning County Jail on the same day. Police said they found mail inside the Cleveland Street house addressed to her.

Cotton is facing charges of drug possession, presenting false information and operating a motor vehicle without a license.

Police also raided a west side home on S. Lakeview Avenue on Tuesday. There, they reported finding heroin, 140 Tramadol pills, 14 baggies of crack cocaine and drug items. That's an estimated $2,500.

Randall Hover, 29, was arrested and charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Lt. Slattery said they couldn't have done it without the community.

"This was a joint effort with the community, giving us information on the illegal activity going on. We then got it up on investigation, and was able to do a search warrant and arrest an individual."

Between block watches and informants, officers got the information they needed for a warrant.

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