Tuesday, June 25, 2002

Police crackdown brings 26 arrests

By Jane Prendergast, jprendergast@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Complaints about drug dealing in Avondale and Walnut Hills led to a 12-hour mission Saturday that ended with 26 arrests.

        Cincinnati Police said they seized more than $11,000 in cash, a loaded pistol, one stolen car, and cocaine and marijuana during Operation Crack-Down.

        The 29 officers involved focused mostly on Burnet Avenue near Forest in Avondale and Peebles Corner in Walnut Hills.

        Between noon and midnight, officers say they collected more than 16 grams of powder cocaine, 10 grams of crack and more than two pounds of pot.

        Capt. David Ratliff told officers to take action on any violations they saw.

        So when they spotted Kenyatta Mingo, 27, riding his bicycle on the sidewalk, they stopped him — and learned he also had an outstanding felony warrant from March for possession of crack, police said.

        Gwenzella James, 40, was charged with solicitation after police said she offered one of the undercover officers sex for $10.

        Of the 13 felony arrests, nine involved allegations of selling drugs.


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