Teen charged with drug trafficking after complaint from Warren store clerk

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WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A 15-year-old boy was charged with drug trafficking on Monday after police were called to Dawlah Market in reference to an unwanted person. 

The suspect complained to police that the store clerk locked him in the store and pointed a Taser at him after accusing him of stealing. He told police that he purchased items from the store and didn’t know why the clerk wouldn’t let him leave.

The clerk told police that the teen had stolen from the store in the past and he told him to leave, but he refused. He said after the boy refused to leave, he locked the door and called the police.

Police said while they were investigating the incident, 28-year-old Ledarius Cole, a family member of the boy, complained to officers about their handling of the investigation. Officers checked Cole’s information and found that he had a warrant for his arrest, according to a police report.

Officers then arrested Cole.

Police said the teen had a bag that smelled strongly of marijuana. In the bag was a shoebox that contained a digital scale and six individually-wrapped bags of marijuana, according to the report. 

Officers arrested the boy and charged him with drug trafficking. 

Police said the boy was taken to the Juvenile Justice Center, where employees asked if he had anything else on him. He responded that officers should have checked him and it was their job to find anything, not his, according to the report. 

Police said two more bags of marijuana were found on the teen.

Police said a review of surveillance video also appeared to show the boy hiding items in his rectum. The boy refused to drink a liquid to get any items out of his body cavity so he was placed in a cell without water to prevent the flushing of evidence, according to the police report. 

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