August 1, 2014

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Lorain couple face drug charges

Two arrested in May when nephew died of suspected overdose at their home

LORAIN — A Lorain man and woman who were arrested in May for failing to report the drug-related death of a 19-year-old nephew were arrested again this past weekend — this time for drug trafficking, police said.
Police raided the New Hampshire home of John Moore, 49, and Traci Moore, 36, shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday — the home where Travis Spurlock, 19, died of a suspected drug overdose in May, police said.
The Moores were charged and arrested in May for failing to report their nephew’s death, but they both posted bond in early June.
Lorain police Detective Roger Watkins said the Moores’ home has continually been “more of a problem house than even the typical drug house.”
After an investigation by Lorain police narcotics officers, the Lorain County Drug Task Force and Lorain SWAT raided the home Saturday , expecting to find the couple in the home. Instead, only Traci Moore and a 15-year-old girl were there, Watkins said.
Officers seized cocaine and various tools used to make crack cocaine, as well as other drug paraphernalia and firearms ammunition, Watkins said.
Police put officers on notice to look for John Moore, but as it turned out, it wasn’t needed. Watkins himself arrested him the next morning at a Lorain grocery store.
Watkins said he stopped Sunday morning at Chapman’s Grocery on West Erie Avenue to buy coffee for his wife, and John Moore walked into the store just as he was leaving.
“He actually said hi to me — he didn’t know who I was,” Watkins said. “I’m like, you gotta be kidding me.”
Watkins said he called additional officers to the store, and they arrived to arrest him without incident. Moore had a key to a nearby hotel room, so police searched that and seized cash and prescription pills as well, Watkins said.
John Moore is facing five counts of drug trafficking that were filed by the county Drug Task Force, and Lorain police plan to file additional charges against him, too.
Traci Moore was charged with possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia and permitting drug abuse in a home, Watkins said.
The May incident also resulted in charges against the couple including child endangering, trafficking in drugs and possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia.
Watkins said they could face additional charges for child endangering and drugs, but it’ll be up to a county grand jury to decide. The 15-year-old girl who was home when police raided was released to her grandmother, who is related to the Moores, Watkins said.
County Coroner Paul Matus said last month that foul play is not suspected in Spurlock’s death, and he likely died from cocaine use and lethal levels of Oxycodine.
Contact Shawn Foucher at 329-7197 or sfoucher@chroniclet.com.