Nine Ravenna and Ravenna Township residents were arrested Thursday night following a weeks-long investigation into the alleged sale of cocaine out of a house in downtown Ravenna.
Portage County Drug Task Force agents and members of the Ravenna Police Department, acting on "numerous complaints of constant drug trafficking" taking place in a house at 257 Plum Way in Ravenna, located behind the Prospect House apartment complex and only a few steps from the First United Methodist Church of Ravenna, according to the Portage County Sheriff's Office.
Agents conducted surveillance and undercover operations at the house over the past several weeks, Portage County Sheriff David Doak said. As a result, they obtained a search warrant for the residence and raided it Thursday night.
Ravenna police officers and agents seized powder and crack cocaine, prescription drugs, an undisclosed amount of money and drug paraphernalia, according to Doak and court documents. Arrested and booked into the Portage County jail were:
n Antoinetta L. Latimer, 45, of 257 Plum Way. One count each of aggravated possession of drugs and permitting drug abuse, both fifth-degree felonies, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.
• Anthony R. Kirklin, 59, of 257 Plum Way. Trafficking in drugs and permitting drug abuse, both fifth-degree felonies.
• Jerome C. Latimer, 26, of 257 Plum Way. Possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.
Charged with one count each of possession of cocaine, all fifth-degree felonies, were Quenton D. Burrell Jr, 18, with a last known address of 250 S. Walnut St., Ravenna; Deanglo M. Frost, 24, of 6619 Henderson Road, Ravenna Township; Joshua L. Hixon, 29, with a last known address of 6731 Berry Road, Charlestown; Xavier K. Jones, 20, with a last known address of 131 Fourth St., Ravenna; Jamiran N. Mack, 22, with a last known address of 4371 Skeels St., Ravenna Township; and James J. Oneal, 30, of 230 Pratt St., Ravenna.
Arraigned Friday in Portage County Municipal Court in Ravenna, Kirklin was ordered held in the Portage County jail on 10 percent of $5,000 bond. The remaining eight suspects were arraigned, then freed on bond pending future court dates, according to court records.
Drug task force agents will present additional evidence to the Portage County Prosecutor's Office and a Portage County grand jury for consideration of additional charges.
Several of the suspects have prior felony records for dealing drugs and other crimes, according to Portage County court records. Antoinetta Latimer was sentenced to two years in prison in 2003 after being convicted of felony robbery, and was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to drug trafficking in 2010, based on an October 2009 arrest by the drug task force.
Her son, Jerome Latimer, has prior felony convictions for trafficking in cocaine, heroin and marijuana, cocaine possession and aggravated assault, all since 2006. He currently is under indictment for possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony, based on an October 2012 arrest by the drug task force, records show. As of Thursday, he was free on bond pending a trial in May in Judge John Enlow's courtroom.
Oneal was sentenced to one year in prison in 2004 after being convicted of cocaine possession, and an additional six months in prison on a cocaine trafficking conviction in November 2006. He was sentenced to probation in 2011 for trafficking in cocaine, records show.
Kirklin has prior convictions for aggravated assault and drug trafficking, while Hixon has prior convictions for aggravated assault. Frost was sentenced to six months in the Portage County jail in January 2011 after being convicted of attempted intimidation of a crime victim or witness, a fourth-degree felony.
Burrell, Jones and Mack have no prior felony criminal records in Portage County. The Portage County Task Force is comprised of officers from the Aurora, Garrettsville, Kent, Streetsboro, and Windham police departments, the Portage County Sheriff's Office, Portage County Prosecutor's Office, DEA and U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Suspected drug activity can be reported by calling 330-296-8626 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suspected drug activity in Ravenna can be reported by calling 330-296-6486.