Drug raiders get man, cash and .45 handgun

A 24-year-old man with a history of drugs and violent behavior was taken into custody again this morning for possessing crack cocaine on Floyd Avenue.

Benjamin J. Chirman, with a last known address of 520 E. Bloomfield St., was arrested during an early morning raid at 714 Floyd Ave., according to the County Drug Enforcement Task Force. Chirman was found with a quantity of crack cocaine packaged for sale, a loaded .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun and a quantity of cash, police said.

"We believe he was selling from that residence," said Detective Commander Timothy J. Bates.

Chirman is charged with third-degree possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony, police said. Further charges are pending.

The property on Floyd Avenue is owned by Casey Stuckman, a resident, according to city tax records.

According to City Court records, Chirman was sentenced to nine months in jail in June 2010 for stabbing another man in the chest on West Dominick Street. Police said at 5 a.m. Feb. 13, 2010, Chirman stabbed 22-year-old Devon Patterson once in the chest at Chirman’s residence on West Dominick. Police said the knife belonged to Patterson, but Chirman got a hold of it during a fight.

According to County Court records, Chirman was sentenced to two years in state prison in June 2007 after he was found with 6.6 grams of crack cocaine at his former North James Street residence. Police said Chirman was found with the drugs on March 8, 2007. Chirman served at least one year in prison before being released on parole on Oct. 29, 2009.