October 26, 2014

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Elyria man arrested for allegedly selling crack

WESTFIELD TWP. — An Elyria man was arrested after allegedly selling crack cocaine at a truck stop to an undercover officer just feet away from three children, according to the Medina County Drug Task Force.

Task force agents arrested Ivan Brown, 30, of the 500 block of 12th Street, on the charge of trafficking in cocaine within the vicinity of a juvenile, a fourth-degree felony, at about 7 p.m. Wednesday after he was stopped on Lake Road near Heritage Drive.

Brown met the undercover officer at a truck stop on U.S. Route 224 just west of Interstate 71, task force director Greg Hubbard said.

Trafficking in cocaine is a fifth-degree felony but because there were children present in the car near where the alleged sale occurred, the charge was elevated to a fourth-degree felony, Hubbard said.

Hubbard said the three children and a woman were released at the scene but said the woman may face charges, and Brown could face additional charges after the investigation is wrapped up.

In 2002, Brown pleaded guilty to fifth-degree felony forgery charges and later that year pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine, also a fifth-degree felony, in Lorain County Common Pleas Court, according to court records.

Brown was found guilty of carrying a concealed weapon in 2001 and 2011 in Elyria Municipal Court, along with other misdemeanor charges, including menacing and leaving the scene of an accident involving an injury.

Contact Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.