5 Arrested on Federal Weapons and Drugs Charges in Ithaca, New York

5 Arrested on Federal Weapons and Drugs Charges in Ithaca, New York

ITHACA, NEW YORK – Officers served arrest warrants for three men and arrested two women Friday on drug and weapons charges, Ithaca Police said Saturday. Police found heroin, crack cocaine and weapons.

Five people have been arrested on charges ranging from drugs to weapons possession after SWAT teams were sent to two locations in the city of Ithaca on Friday.

Ithaca Police described the effort as a “major bust,” saying, “No doubt Ithaca is safer because of the hard work of all the police officers involved in the investigations and the warrant services.”

Police say the busts were unrelated.

Around 5 a.m. on Friday, multiple agencies responded to a home on Abbott Lane in the city of Ithaca, where they used a search warrant to recover drugs and cash.

Police say they arrested two Bronx men – 31-year-old Mushad Yoda and 20-year-old Abdullah Yoda – along with a 17-year-old from New York City and a 29-year-old Ithaca woman, Tiara Giles.

In addition, they recovered:

  • 2 ounces of heroin valued at $10,000
  • 22 grams of crack cocaine valued at $3,000
  • Scales and packaging associated with drug dealing
  • $10,345 in cash

The Yodas were wanted on Federal charges including RICO charges, narcotics trafficking conspiracy, and use of firearms in furtherance of narcotics conspiracy.

The 17-year-old and Giles were charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony. They were arraigned in city court and taken to the Tompkins County jail.

The 17-year-old was jailed in lieu of $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bond. Giles’ bail was set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

On Friday afternoon, around 1:49 p.m., police found another suspect, Kimani House of Ithaca, on a city street.

They took House into custody after chasing him, while other officers searched his home on South Plain Street.

Police say they found heroin, money, and a gun at the home.

They charged House with:

  • Third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony
  • Fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony
  • Third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony
  • Second-degree obstructing governmental administration, a misdemeanor

House was arraigned in Ithaca City Court and taken to the Tompkins County jail.

Police did not release booking photos for Giles or the 17-year-old.

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