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Dayton police community team tip leads to federal gun charge

Published: Thursday, December 21, 2017 @ 3:23 PM
By: Mark Gokavi - Staff Writer

A Dayton convicted felon was found with five guns and three bags of marijuana after a tip led to an investigation by one of Dayton police’s Community Problem Response Teams (CPRT), according to reports.

Demario D. Griffith, 33, is charged in Dayton’s U.S. District Court with being a felon in possession of a firearm. A bill of information was filed Dec. 20.

According to a complaint and affidavit, the west patrol’s CPRT received a complaint in early October about 663 Randolph St. that said, “the residents just moved in and they see a lot of people coming and going.”

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The affidavit showed the property was purchased in August by Griffith, who had multiple arrests for drug possession, drug trafficking and weapons charges.

On Oct. 23, the complaint said, CPRT officers went to the Randolph address to do a “knock and talk” but found the door open. Officers smelled raw marijuana and observed sandwich baggies and a box of ammunition, according to the affidavit.

One man who said he didn’t live at the residence pointed to Griffith, who was sleeping on the couch and said a third person also was in the house, the complaint said, and that while doing a protective sweep of the basement, officers found a grow operation.

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The complaint said a warrant was issued to search residence and that a Sporter pistol gripped rifle with one round in the chamber and 18 in the magazine was on the bed in the master bedroom.

The complaint said other weapons found included a Saiga assault rifle, a Mossberg .22 caliber rifle, a Glock .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun and a Springfield XD9 semi-automatic handgun that was loaded with 18 live rounds.

The affidavit, written by a Dayton police officer and Federal Bureau of Investigation task force member, mentioned Griffin had a 2004 conviction for illegally carrying a concealed weapon.

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A magistrate judge ordered pretrial detention for Griffith.

The CPRTs began in November 2013 to to tackle issues that impact the community’s overall well-being, but “take more than 20 minutes to solve,” Sgt. Matt Beavers, who was once the supervisor of one of the CPRT teams, said in March 2014.

To contact CPRT with an issue, call (937) 222-7867 or (937) 333-COPS.

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