Nine people arrested in drug raid on Plum Way in downtown Ravenna

By Dave O'Brien | staff writer Published:

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 pdtaskforce@sbcglobal.net.

Suspected drug activity in Ravenna can be reported by calling 330-296-6486.

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  • Wow the first names change but the last names never change. Mack,Jones,ONeal,Latimer. The Burrells already have Caprice locked away for killing her husband,whats one more. lets add somemore the Ravenna Narcotics HOF. Jamiran was a decent football player for the Ravens. Now he can ball for the orange suit team.

  • Well Judge are you going to give them probation again? There actions say that your sentencing is a joke. It is apparent that they know you will not give them much time. Maybe you will give them a few days at the Warren Spa so they can rest up and buy more stuff to make and to sell. Your probation really works great doesn’t it?

  • Lancer you are saying the FRIENDS were running DRUG CENTRAL DOPE HOUSE?

  • Drug task farse did you bust the popcorn house or the gambling house ? I hope you didn't forget the cut box for the craps thrown ! [snake eyes]you probably found more dice then rocks.

  • These guys need put away. They are all beyond rehab. You have a chance to put away the dealers. Don't waste it !!!

  • Way to go!!! I have to agree w/blowpop, "snitch" cases that will be lucky if they get a 10% conviction rate. Add the fact that the Prosecutor's Office prolly wasn't involved in the assistance of writing the search warrant, soooooooooo, if I were part of the 10% I would definately ride it out and take it to the box, guaranteed the cases will be dimissed without prejudice! Would love to see that Larry Limbert fella on the stand, been doin alot of readin on him, pretty scary! Just makes "CENTS"!

  • I agree with the poster who said its nice to read about busts like this one. But I've also got to agree that these busts are WAAAAAAAY too infrequent.

  • That whole area including walnut st is full of drugs and the cops know it, I'm glad that apartment building burned down, drug central baby!!

  • T-Bone, I'm surprised your girlfriend wasn't there, it is getting closer to Easter if you know what I mean.

  • HOly cow, a drug raid on the same players every time, geez amazing huh. But its okay dopers, they got out the next day. All right all right, relax. YOu can get your fix again, "oh thank goodness to portage county judges for letting the street pharmacist out." So not to much money was lost in drug translation over the less than 12 hours they took a mini vacaaa to visit with some of their ole buddies in jail. Im sure it will be poopbation for 6 months or hey a fancy ankle bracelet to parade around with. Funny, I though those charged with a felony at LEAST stayed in till a preliminary hearing or grand jury. Hmmm maybe these guys are the MAIN suppliers to the pockets of PC.

  • IT'S ABOUT FREAKIN TIME WE SEE A ACTUAL DRUG RAID! What's it been a year that limbert has been running this show? Even though its kinda weak its still a drug bust! I wanna see you target the heroin ring next! Take them thugs down and I'll buy you a donut!!!

  • Here we go fellas!!! The chest beating has begun!!! I score this bust 6 outta 10... The only problem is that if it was a confidential informant that made the drug buys or gave the agents enough probable cause for a search warrant it won't stand up in court! The informant won't show up to testify and the charges will be dropped and the dealers will continue to deal! That's the problem with the Larry Limbert "Officer safety NO hand to hand officer drug buys"!!!! ): All that these urban thugs need to do is lawyer up take the case to trial force their hand make the informant take the stand and its game over! From what I've heard all of these cases have loop holes! Most of the people charged in this article wont even be indicted By the grand jury, anyone that will Hear the evidence will see threw all the b.s.!!! When you mix Dale Kelly and Larry Limbert together you get one of the worst smelling- looking -acting walks of life!! Complete coward corruption !!!! *These comment are of my opinion any only my opinion! If you don't like my comments go suck a lollipop!!!!!!

  • This article is wonderful I love all the information about the past history of criminal activities of these people it shows us how many people out there doing bad things and finally getting caught