Neighbors instrumental in Niles drug bust

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NILES, Ohio (WTYV) —  A Youngstown man is in the Trumbull County Jail on $7,500 bond following a drug raid Tuesday night at a Niles apartment.

Tyrell Williamson, 36, is facing charges of aggravated drug trafficking. The charge is an elevated felony because the alleged drug activity was taking place in close proximity to Niles McKinley High School.

Neighbors along Woodland Avenue and Main Street in Niles said they began recording the amount of traffic at 6 E. Woodland Ave. a few months ago.

“A couple of us neighbors got together and we wrote the police department. We complained about it. We don’t want this going on. We want them to have a good environment to play in,” said resident Julie Joseph. “Right here, kids are walking home from school and they are running in and out buying dope. I’m serious. I actually watched them run through kids to go in and out of that house.”

This past year alone, there have been 42 drug-related cases in Niles. Officials from the Trumbull-Ashtabula Group Law Enforcement Task Force said that number is up significantly from last year.

Niles Police Capt. Ken Criswell said they are trying to make busts as they are reported to them.

“And we are moving up the food chain trying to get the larger dealer and it does take some time and people get frustrated but we appreciate the tips. We do take them seriously and we do work on them. We have more arrests coming in the near future,” Criswell said.

According to court documents, before the raid, the two women who were renting the apartment were evicted by a judge for not paying rent.

Criswell said it’s very important for neighbors to get involved and let them know what’s happening in their neighborhood.

“Because we are not sitting watching every house in the city. So if they don’t call and tell us, even through an anonymous tip, then we really don’t know that is going on. So we depend on them as they are the eyes and ears of the community,” Criswell said.

He said additional arrests will involve drug trafficking and prostitution charges.

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