Published: Thursday, October 11, 2007
Youngstown woman offered bribe during raid, police say
A loaded 9mm was found under a love seat cushion, police said.
YOUNGSTOWN Police allege Alberta McGauley offered a vice cop a bribe, saying, "I'll give you $100 if you don't tell them how much money I have."
McGauley then repeated the offer during a drug raid at her home, police said. The 73-year-old Oak Lane woman ended up arrested on two charges trafficking in crack cocaine and bribery.
She was arraigned via video Wednesday in municipal court. Judge Robert A. Douglas set bond at $30,000 and a preliminary hearing for Tuesday.
Police with a search warrant entered 1547 Oak Lane on the city's East Side around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. McGauley, the sole renter, was found seated at the kitchen table with a large rock (4.5 grams) of suspected crack on the table, reports show.
In a coat hanging from a kitchen chair, police found five aluminum bindles (doses) of suspected crack. A loaded 9mm handgun was found under a love seat cushion.
Patrolwoman Barbara Copeland, inventory officer for the vice squad, removed $90 from McGauley's right pants pocket and $600 from the left pocket, reports show.
That's when police said McGauley offered the bribe.