December 22, 2014

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Muni court deputy clerk faces drug charges

ELYRIA — A Lorain Municipal Court deputy clerk of courts has been indicted on drug charges along with her live-in boyfriend.

Dozier

Dozier

Osorio

Osorio

Sierra Dozier, 26, is charged with possession of drugs and three counts each of permitting drug abuse and endangering children. Julio Osorio, 26, faces charges of possession of drugs, two counts of possession of criminal tools and seven counts of trafficking in drugs.

The indictment against Dozier doesn’t deal with allegations that property stolen from the clerk’s office was found inside the Columbo Lane home she shared with Osorio. Lorain police Lt. Roger Watkins said Thursday that investigation is ongoing.

Police have declined to say what was discovered during the May 14 raid that led them to launch an investigation into Dozier’s work at the clerk’s office. The investigation forced police and the clerk’s office to briefly halt arrests on warrants that had been handled by Dozier while they reviewed the paperwork.

Jack Bradley, Dozier’s attorney, said he hasn’t seen the evidence being gathered by police and the FBI, which he said also is involved in the investigation, but he added that Dozier was permitted to do some of her work at home.

During the raid, police found around six pounds of marijuana as well as cash. The indictment against Osorio asks that he be forced to forfeit $862 that he planned to use in drug transactions.

Police said the raid was part of an ongoing drug investigation.

Bradley said that Dozier, who hasn’t been back to work since she was placed on unpaid leave after her arrest, wasn’t involved in Osorio’s alleged drug dealing.

“I don’t think she’s responsible for what another person she was living with was doing,” he said.

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