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Updated: 6:44 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2014 | Posted: 12:09 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2014

3 arrested, cocaine and heroin seized at Dayton raid

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3300 block of East Fifth Street, Dayton April 30, 2014 photo
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3300 block of East Fifth Street, Dayton April 30, 2014

By Jessica Heffner

DAYTON —

A drug raid at a home on East Fifth Street netted three arrests, and police also seized drugs and equipment related to drug crime.

The Dayton SWAT team along with the narcotics unit and officers from the east patrol division raided the home at 3315 E. Fifth St. Wednesday at about 11 a.m. after months of investigating suspected drug activity. Neighbors' complaints along with calls to police's anonymous tip line indicated the home was possibly being used for drug deals and prostitution, said Lt. Andrew Booher.

"There were a lot of people coming and going from the residence and that's what drew attention (to) the reports we were getting," he said. "Basically, cocaine was being sold here, and heroin."

As SWAT members entered the house, officers reportedly saw one suspect and known felon, 32-year-old Bruce Payne, toss a gun out a second-floor window. Payne is a mid-level dealer who's suspected of making drug transactions across the city. As a result of the raid, he faces charges of having weapons under disability, tampering with evidence, and possession of drugs, said Sgt. John Sullivan.

While waiting to be transported to the Montgomery County Jail, Payne said he had no idea why officers arrested him.

"They said come out and I came out. Anything else, I don't know (expletive) about what they're talking about. I don't do drugs," he said.

He also denied throwing a gun out the window.

Lamon Boyd, 19, was also arrested on a drug possession charge and Amanda Buns, age unknown, was picked up by officers on active warrants.

An evidence crew did a sweep of the apartment on the second floor where the suspected drug activity took place. Officers confiscated an undisclosed amount of cocaine, heroin and drug abuse instruments. Five other people who were inside the apartment and in a car out front were temporarily detained during the raid but released without facing charges, police said.

Crystal Carrico lives across the street from the house that was raided and said she would constantly see "girls running in and out, cars pulling up and people running in for three or four minutes and running away," so when she saw the SWAT team and several cruisers block of the street, "I knew it was a raid."

"I think it's a great thing police went in there," she said. "This neighborhood needs to go back to the way it was. There are homeowners here and we want our neighborhood back."

Anyone can call suspected drug activity in anonymously through the Dayton police tip line at (937) 222-7867.

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