Man wanted in connection with beating on Lexington found at Creekside Apartments

Taft Police searching for an assault suspect got their man Thursday, but not without a struggle -- and the arrest led to the discovery of heroin, methamphetamine and the arrest of three other people.

Officers had been searching for Joseph Anthony Mora, 38, in connection with the Sept. 6 attack on a man slapping in his home on Lexington Avenue.

About noon Thursday, officers went to the Creekside Apartments at 420 Finley Drive.

They made entry into an apartment and found Mora, Sgt. Ray Buford said, and had use just physical force to subdue him.

When he was detained, they conducted a probation search of the apartment and located 12.2 grams of suspected heroin packaged for sales, 4.3 grams of suspected methamphetamine packaged for sales, drug paraphernalia, scales and an undisclosed amount of money "consistent (with) drugs sales," Buford said.

Mora was arrested for possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of narcotics for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia and a felony warrant stemming from the attack on Lexington charging him with assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, conspiracy and vandalism.

Three other people at the apartment were also charged.

Dayna Janine Blackwood, 37, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of narcotics for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Normand Byrd Jr., 55, was arrested for a felony warrant charging him with possession of a controlled substance for sale.

Tiffany Montgomery, 28, was arrested for a misdemeanor warrant.