October 22, 2014

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Michigan man sentenced to prison for heroin trafficking

A Michigan man who was delivering large amounts of heroin to Lorain County from the Detroit area was sentenced Friday to five years and three months in prison.

Calvin Sims had pleaded guilty last year to a federal charge of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin. It was the same charge to which a second man arrested in the case, Roland Lee Anderson, pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday, according to court documents.

Anderson is scheduled to be sentenced in March.

According to court documents filed in the case, Sims was investigated after the Lorain County Drug Task Force arrested a suspect on heroin possession charges in May 2010, and that person agreed to work with law enforcement as an informant.

Sims, according to what the informant told investigators, would buy large quantities of heroin from a source in Michigan and then drive the drugs — in plastic bags wrapped in a paper towel with mustard or vinegar — to Lorain County for resale.

After the informant agreed to work with police, he or she called Sims and agreed to deliver some heroin the next week to the informant.

Sims came down from Michigan on June 3, 2010, and delivered 35 grams of heroin, 10 grams more than the informant had actually asked for, in the parking lot of the Target store in Lorain. Sims told the informant the extra heroin was an advance.

Sims drove down again on June 30, 2010, to make another heroin deal in the same parking lot, but when he arrived, an Amherst police car was in the parking lot, so Sims moved the deal inside the store.

When the informant went inside, according to court documents, he or she found Sims in the frozen foods aisle. Sims had hidden the heroin under a bag of frozen chicken. Sims was paid and the informant returned the heroin to investigators.

The informant set up a third deal with Sims, this time to purchase 500 grams of heroin for $37,500 on July 22, 2010. The deal was supposed to happen at the Target, but investigators later had Sims change the location to a Sandusky water park.

But Sims never made the meeting. He and Anderson — who was driving their 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee — were arrested on the way to the drug deal by the Ohio Highway Patrol. Troopers, who had stopped the vehicle at the request of investigators, found 393.5 grams of heroin hidden behind the Jeep’s glove compartment and $3,360 on Anderson.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.