April 21, 2014

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Lorain officer has hand in three drug busts in one night

LORAIN — Three stakeouts of suspected drug dens by a single officer Thursday night netted three cocaine-related arrests.

Around 7:39 p.m., a homeless man exited an Oberlin Avenue building where officers suspect drugs are sold and abused, according to officer Jacob Morris.

Harold A. Tucker, 42, was stopped for walking in the street and gave consent to be searched. Officers found crack cocaine in his right pocket, and Tucker immediately placed his hands behind his back and admitted to drug use, the report said.

He was charged with possession of cocaine, drug paraphernalia and walking in the roadway, and was taken to the county jail.

Morris moved his operation to West Seventh Court, where in recent weeks, neighbors have complained that drugs are used openly.

About 10:20 p.m., he stopped a red Oldsmobile Cutlass that failed to stop completely at a stop sign. The driver, Larry Hervey, 44, of Lorain, was arrested for driving under suspension and a stop sign violation.

During an inventory of the Cutlass, Morris spotted off-white granules that tested positive as crack cocaine, and possession of cocaine was added to Hervey’s charges.

Morris returned to his surveillance, and about 10:51 p.m. he stopped Candido Montanez, who was driving a white Dodge Dakota with a large crack in the windshield, according to a third report.

Montanez, 36, of Lorain, had a spoon covered with cocaine powder in his pocket, the report said.

He was charged with possession of cocaine, drug paraphernalia, driving under suspension and unsafe vehicle and was taken to the county jail without bond.

Contact Jason Hawk at 653-6264 or jhawk@chroniclet.com.