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ITHACA, NY — On Friday July 1st, members of the Ithaca SWAT Team, Ithaca Police Investigative Division, Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department, Dryden Police Department and the U.S. Marshall Fugitive Task Force performed warrant searches at two separate locations in Tompkins County.

At about 5:09 am the Ithaca Police SWAT Team and the Tompkins County Drug Task Force assisted the U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force in serving Federal arrest warrants for Abdullah Yoda and Mushad Yoda. Both Abdullah Yoda and Mushad Yoda were wanted for Federal charges of Racketeering Conspiracy (RICO), Narcotics Trafficking Conspiracy, and Use of Firearms in Furtherance of Narcotics Conspiracy. Ithaca SWAT served the warrant at 92 Abbott Lane in the City of Ithaca, the residence of Tiara Giles. Upon entry into the location members of the Ithaca Police SWAT team secured the residence and subjects within. Mushad Yoda was located inside of the residence while Abdullah Yoda and Julia Jon-Hope were located outside of the residence just prior to the warrant being served. After securing the residence Tompkins County Drug Task Force members conducted a search of the residence and people inside the residence. Task Force members located and secured more than 2 ounces of heroin, with an approximate street value of $10,000, more than 22 grams of crack cocaine, with a street value of approximately $3000, scales and packaging materials consistent with drug sales, and $10,345 in US currency.

Regarding this warrant service the following subjects were charged with the following:

Mushad Yoda, 31, Bronx, NY was removed and taken to NYC to face Federal charges of Racketeering Conspiracy, Narcotics Trafficking Conspiracy, and Use of Firearms in Furtherance of Narcotics Conspiracy.

Abdullah Yoda, 20, Bronx, NY was removed and taken to NYC to face Federal charges of Racketeering Conspiracy, Narcotics Trafficking Conspiracy, and Use of Firearms in Furtherance of Narcotics Conspiracy.

Julia E. Jon-Hope, 17, New York, NY was charged with 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree (a Class B Felony). Jon-Hope was arraigned in Ithaca City Court and remanded to Tompkins County Jail on $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bond for return at a later date. Jon-Hope may also face Federal charges in the future.

Tiara L Giles, 29, Ithaca, NY was charged with 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree (a Class B Felony). Giles was arraigned in Ithaca City Court and remanded to Tompkins County Jail on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond for return at a later date. Giles may also face Federal charges in the future.

The following picture shows some of the evidence that was removed from the defendants and the residence at 92 Abbott Lane:

Evidence photo provided by Ithaca Police Department.

At about 1:49pm members of the Ithaca SWAT Team, Ithaca Police Investigative Division, Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department and the Dryden Police Department served a second Search Warrant for the person of Kimani A. House and the residence of 209 South Plain Street in the City of Ithaca. Kimani House was located on a city street and after a short foot chase was apprehended by members of the Ithaca SWAT Team. Other members of the Ithaca SWAT Team simultaneously served a search warrant at the aforesaid residence.

Members of the Tompkins County Drug Task Force, which is comprised of members from the Ithaca Police Department, Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department and Dryden Police Department, conducted a search of the residence. Recovered from within the residence was a quantity of heroin, cash, scales, packaging materials consistent with drug sales and a handgun.

Kimani A. House 37, Ithaca, NY was charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree (a Class D Felony), Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree (a Class E Felony), Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree (a Class B Felony) and Obstructing Governmental Administration in the Second Degree (a Class A Misdemeanor). House was arraigned in Ithaca City Court and remanded to Tompkins County Jail without bail for return to Court at a later date.

Bangs Ambulance and the Ithaca Fire Department assisted.

Jennifer Wholey

Jennifer Wholey is a feature writer and Head of Dining Partnerships for the Ithaca Voice. Contact her at jwholey@ithacavoice.com.