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November 15, 2013

2 charged in city drug raid

More arrests will be coming, police chief says

JOHNSTOWN — Two people are in jail after police raided their Johnstown apartment early Thursday and seized illegal drugs and cash.

One suspect’s 7-year-old son was in the second floor apartment in the 600 block of Highland Avenue when police executed a search warrant, court papers said.

Dante Bradford, 29, and Shavon Baskin, 26, are each charged with drug possession with intent to deliver, drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with evidence, criminal conspiracy and endan­gering children.

Police said they found marijuana and crack cocaine in the apartment and located more crack cocaine and heroin outside. Investigators said the suspects threw the drugs out the window during the raid.

Drug para­phernalia  including a digital scale, glass pipe and plastic bags were found in the apartment.

Johns­town police Capt. An­drew Frear des­cribed the two as street-level dealers.

Residents can expect more arrests like these, he said.

“We will keep hitting as many people as we can,” Frear said. “We try to make an impact by doing search warrants and arrest warrants.”

Unlike the long-term investigations that have led to major roundups recently, Frear said police are hoping to identify dealers by making controlled buys and then getting arrest and search warrants within a week or two.

“If we do many of those, it will make an impact,” he said.

This is not a change in policy, but a different approach, Frear said, adding that long-term, widespread investigations are still part of the battle plan.

Baskin and Bradford remained in the Cambria County Prison late Friday. Baskin’s bail is $100,000, and Bradford’s is set at $250,000. Preliminary hearings are scheduled Wednesday before District Judge Leonard Grecek in Johnstown.

Randy Griffith is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at


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