The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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April 26, 2014

Second man charged in Ashtabula drug raid

ASHTABULA — A Cleveland man is behind bars today after police nabbed him at an Union Avenue home Tues-day.

John Hilton Wat-kins of Cleveland is charged with fleeing and eluding, tampering with evidence and conspiracy to commit aggravated trafficking in heroin, according to Municipal Court records. He is being held in the city jail on a $35,000 cash or surety bond, according to court records.

Watkins was one of two men arrested when police officers executed a search warrant at about 5 p.m. Tuesday at 1020 Union Ave., in response to numerous complaints from neighbors.

Ramone D. Holley, 28, who is renting the house, also was arrested and charged with trafficking in drugs, a third-degree felony, according to Municipal Court records. He’s being held in the city jail on a $25,000 cash or surety bond, according to court records.

A search of the Union Avenue home uncovered a handgun and 7 grams of heroin, detective Lt. Joseph Cellitti said.

This was the second drug raid on an Ashtabula residence in a week.

Police executed a search warrant April 18 at the home of Wanda J. Kelly, 631 W. 38th St., and seized drugs, scales, cash and pit bulls, according to police.

 Kelly also is facing felony drug charges.

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