Drugs, guns and cash confiscated during DTF raid on Liverpool Township home

Two Cleveland men were arrested Friday night at a Liverpool Township home after the county Drug Task Force (DTF) executed a search warrant that netted drugs, guns and cash.

The home at 1226 Dairy Lane is owned by James H. Lewis, and the two suspects were guests of his son, according to task force Director Brian McLaughlin.

Charged with tampering with evidence in the case were Davante L. Jackson, 21, and Marques M. Kimmie, 19, while Lewis' son was not charged. McLaughlin said additional charges will be forthcoming and said the tampering with evidence charge is a third-degree felony.

Assisted by Liverpool Township police and the St. Clair Township K-9 team, the task force searched the house and also was seen taking a young man in handcuffs to the back yard of the property, where they began digging.

McLaughlin explained that officers were attempting to retrieve drugs believed to have been flushed down a toilet inside the home.

The search reportedly turned up five grams of heroin, four grams of cocaine, a "nice stack of cash," and two guns, one of which had been reported stolen during a burglary on Sprouse Road outside Wellsville.

Asked if the house guests were there just for the day or if they had been staying at the home for awhile, McLaughlin said, "This has been going on here for a long time."

Earlier in the day Friday, the task force also converged on a home at 800 Chester Avenue in East Liverpool to execute a search warrant.

There, heroin, cocaine, marijuana and about $300 in cash were seized, but no arrests made, according to McLaughlin.

The DTF was assisted at that operation by city police and the St. Clair K-9 team.

from Morning Journal News

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