Cincinnati police seize guns in search warrant at suspected gang location

CINCINNATI – Police seized drugs and guns at a suspected gang hangout in Northside Thursday afternoon.

Police executed a search warrant at about 3:30 p.m. at Stephanie’s Hair Options and at Candy & More on Hamilton Avenue, where five guns were seized, said District 5 commander Capt. Paul Neudigate. The raid comes after several complaints of drug activity at the location and a shooting last October.

Authorities believe remnants of the Taliband gang were operating out of the candy shop and barbershop and peddling drugs throughout the area.

Neudigate said Mark Stubblefield Sr., 51, the owner of the barbershop, was arrested and booked into the Hamilton County Justice Center on charges of permitting drug abuse. Mark Stubblefield Jr., 32, was arrested on outstanding warrants.

A third man, Benny Stallworth, 32, was arrested and faces five counts of drug trafficking and one count of receiving stolen property, court records show. He also was arrested for possessing weapons under disability.

Stubblefield Sr. was listed on the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence of known people involved in gang activity.

“Our sources of information told us there was still gang activity going on here,” Neudigate told WCPO at the scene. “

Court records show that on Dec. 27, 2013, Cincinnati police officers observed Stubblefield Sr. permitting drug trafficking while maintaining ownership of the premises.

Since the October 2013 shooting, undercover officers have made several gun and drug purchases out of the two stores, Neudigate said. Over the course of the investigation, authorities bought six guns between the two locations. A total of six people have been detained, some with outstanding warrants, he said.

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