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Youngstown man charged with operating a crack house, possessing a firearm and silencer

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Feb. 18, 2014

A Youngtown man was indicted on charges related to operating a crack house and having a firearm and silencer despite previously being convicted of a felony, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Deangelo Young, age 39, was indicted on one count each of maintaining a residence for distributing crack cocaine, being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, and possession of a firearm not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

"We will continue to prosecute those who have firearms despite previous convictions," Dettelbach said.

Count 1 of the indictment charges that in or about August 2013, Young maintained a residence on East Chalmers Street in Youngstown, Ohio, for the purpose of distributing crack cocaine.

Count 2 of the indictment charges that on or about August 29, 2013, Young possessed a Ruger Mark I, .22 caliber pistol; a Ruger SR22, .22 caliber pistol; a Charter Arms Undercover, .38 caliber revolver, and ammunition, after having been previously convicted of Trafficking in Cocaine and Possession of Cocaine in the Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

Count 3 of the indictment charges that on or about August 29, 2013, Young possessed a firearm with a silencer, not registered to him, as required by law.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violations.  In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and, in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.

The investigation preceding the indictment was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Youngstown Police Department.  The matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David M. Toepfer.

An indictment in only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

 

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