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Drug raid nets felony arrests, bags of pot

August 3, 2018

Neighbors had called police complaining that guns were being fired from the home at 2609 Priscilla Lane, enough activity to warrant a monthlong police investigation.

Just after 8 p.m. Wednesday, the Gang and Violent Crimes Unit executed a search warrant for the address and arrested Damitrail Gamble, 24, along with a 21-year-old woman and 41-year-old visitor.

Gamble, who was charged Thursday with dealing in marijuana, maintaining a common nuisance and neglect of a dependent with a misdemeanor charge for possession of marijuana, is being held at the Allen County Jail in lieu of $55,000 bail. However, he is being held without bond on a previous charge, according to a jail spokesman.

Gamble was identified by Sgt. Gary Hensler of the Gang Unit as a member of the Thrust Godz, a local gang with between 10 and 15 known members. Hensler said the gang engages in “typical street gang illegal activity: narcotics trafficking, illegal firearms activity, intimidation, batteries, etc.,” in an email sent to The Journal Gazette.

When detectives arrived at the one-story house, Gamble was in the middle of selling an “eighth,” or one-eighth of an ounce of marijuana, to Bobby Wills, 41, for 40 and the two exited the home to leave in Wills’ car to get the $5 in change, Wills told police.

The run for change didn’t happen.

As detectives entered the home, they were hit with the strong and unmistakable smell of raw marijuana throughout the residence. Dasia Smiley, 21, was there with two children, one who carries the same name as his father, Damitrail Gamble, court documents said.

In the kitchen, detectives found a clear plastic bag with 280.5 grams, or about 10 ounces, of marijuana. Throughout the house, there were drug paraphernalia associated with marijuana use and digital scales to weigh the drug for distribution and sale, court documents said.

In a bedroom, detectives found paperwork with Gamble’s name on it, but a search of the garage yielded the greatest evidence of drug use. Two freezer baggies of marijuana weighed 505.8 grams and 498.4 grams. More than $7,000 cash was found in a backpack.

Gamble had more than $900 in his pocket. The money was folded over and rubber-banded around his Indiana ID card.

Smiley was charged with maintaining a common nuisance and neglect of a dependent with a misdemeanor charge for possession of marijuana.

She was released from jail on her own recognizance, a jail spokesman said.

Wills was charged with a misdemeanor for visiting a common nuisance and released on his own recognizance.

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