July 28, 2014

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Police arrest 3 men believed to be responsible for the majority of heroin trafficking in Lorain County

LORAIN — Three Lorain men police believe are responsible for the majority of heroin trafficking in Lorain County were arrested Tuesday as part of a drug raid.

The men, Jose Romero, Luis Acevedo Jr. and Kevin Thorpe, were charged with multiple drug-related felony charges.

Police confiscated 40 firearms, including machine pistols and assault rifles, during the raid, as well 75 grams of heroin, 20 grams of cocaine, 591 grams of marijuana and a large amount of cash.

Lorain Police Sgt. Tom Nimon said the investigation began after the arrest of Francisco Rivera in January of last year. Rivera, a Lorain resident, was arrested in Lorain with $28,665 in cash, 58 grams of cocaine, 25 grams of heroin, four handguns and three rifles.

Nimon said police believe the Romero, Acevedo and Thorpe, who are all related, are responsible for one of the largest drug trafficking operations in the county. The men have been arrested on various drug-related charges in the past, he added.

Lorain Mayor Chase Ritenauer issued a statement after the men’s arrests.

“The confiscation of drug paraphernalia and 40 firearms on February 26 is another example of the fine work of the Lorain Police Department,” he said. “Firearm violence and drug abuse have made news locally, regionally and nationally, and their impact is widely felt throughout many communities. In Lorain, our Police Department is actively combating these elements within the city on a daily basis to lead to a better Lorain.”

Read Thursday’s Chronicle for more on this story.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.