HAMILTON COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - "We got a knock-knock tour...who's next?" Remarked Lincoln Heights police officer Henry Dawkins following a raid on a home where investigators say marijuana was being sold.
Dawkins is referring to the 'no-knock' search warrant police and the Hamilton County SWAT team executed under cover of darkness at about 1 a.m. Saturday at the single story home in the 1000 block of Behles Ave.
"We received multiple calls and complaints about drug activities...various nights people walking in and out of the residence. Just your basic drug activities. We started a narcotics investigation and were able to make some buys from the house," says Dawkins.
A total of one pound of marijuana was found hidden throughout the house. "We're talking about ounces of marijuana that they were selling on a regular basis," says Dawkins.
Dawkins says 30-year-old Samona Crooks answered the door when police arrived while her toddler daughter sat on the couch.
Crooks is a licensed day care provider and Dawkins says Crooks was using the home for the day care business. Dawkins says Crooks and Rashone Scott, 27, were selling drugs during the day care business hours while children were at the home. In addition, police says Crooks was operating an unlicensed snack shop out of the home selling candy and chips.
Crooks was arrested at the scene and is charged with permitting drug abuse.
Scott wasn't home at the time of the raid, but later turned himself in. He's charged with two counts of drug trafficking in a school zone, drug possession and drug paraphernalia.
"This is a new day in Lincoln Heights...this is just the beginning," says Police Chief Corey Keith.