One adult and three juveniles were arrested and two stolen guns and almost $3,000 worth of heroin were seized during a trio of incidents that kept Patrolman Brian Joseph and four assisting officers busy for approximately four hours Friday night.

“It was a busy night for the Mead-ville City Police Department,” Chief David Stefanucci said Saturday.

The evening’s events started at approximately 8 p.m. when Joseph received a tip that Jeremy Araujo, 21, of 553 Lord St., Meadville, had two stolen guns for sale.

Going under cover, the officer purchased the guns from Araujo in a downtown parking lot. Leaving the area, Araujo’s vehicle was pulled over on Chestnut Street between Park Avenue and Market Street in a felony traffic stop, Stefanucci said, noting that Araujo was taken into custody without further incident.

In addition to facing charges of two counts of selling stolen firearms — a Taurus 38 Special with a box of ammunition and a Taurus 357 Magnum, also with a box of ammunition — Araujo also faces charges on two counts of violating the law prohibiting a former convict from owning firearms, Stefanucci said. Turned over to Crawford County Adult Probation personnel, Araujo was committed to Crawford County Correctional Facility, where he awaits arraignment.

The second incident began around 9:30 p.m. with a tip about a male juvenile dealing heroin. Joseph and Patrolman Vince Trenga called the 17-year-old male, setting up a time to make a purchase. Joseph again went under cover and purchased two bundles of heroin containing 20 packets with a street value of approximately $450, Stefanucci reported.

The subject was apprehended after resisting arrest, according to Stefanucci. Charges of possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of heroin and possession of marijuana are being filed through Crawford County Juvenile Probation Department; the subject was released into the custody of a parent, Stefanucci said.

The third incident began around 11 p.m. when Joseph received another tip about juveniles dealing in heroin.

After setting up a time to meet the two 16-year-old females, Joseph and Trenga again went under cover. Joseph met with the suspects in the area of North Street, purchasing two bricks of heroin consisting of approximately 100 individually-wrapped packets with a street value of approximately $2,500. Both juveniles were then taken into custody without incident.

Charged with possession with intent to deliver two bricks of heroin, possession of heroin and underage drinking, one juvenile was taken into custody by the juvenile probation department and the other was released to a parent, Stefanucci said.

In addition to Trenga, Joseph was assisted during the trio of incidents by patrolman Greg Beveridge, Det. Sgt. Eric Young and Cpl. Jeff LeGuard.

Mary Spicer can be reached at 724-6370 or by e-mail at

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