“We don’t know how he got my partner’s phone number,” said Lorain police Detective Christopher Colon, adding that the dealer reached out to the undercover officer, rather than the other way around.
Howard Frost, 34, and Michael Blake, 30, both were charged with trafficking and possession of drugs about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday after Frost, who had been texting an undercover police officer accidentally for a week, arranged to meet him at the JR Foods parking lot on East 42nd Street to sell him heroin.
Frost arrived with Blake and another friend, Michael McCoy, 26, who was driving with a suspended license, Colon said. When Frost saw Colon and another police officer, police said Frost attempted to run, but was quickly caught and taken into custody. As he was arrested, Frost attempted to pull a 9 mm highpoint handgun from his waistband but was stopped by police, Colon said.
After searching Frost, police charged him with trafficking, possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a weapon under disability, possession of criminal tools and possession of a counterfeit controlled substance. The counterfeit charge was issued because Frost was carrying fake heroin as well, said Colon.
While police were detaining Frost, McCoy and Blake attempted to drive from the scene but were stopped by police and searched. Blake was charged with possession of drug abuse instruments for allegedly carrying a syringe and spoon, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a counterfeit controlled substance. The counterfeit charge was for fake crack cocaine that Blake was carrying, Colon said.
“It’s common for small-time drug dealers (to carry counterfeit drugs),” said Colon, discussing the fake heroin and fake crack cocaine found with Frost and Blake.
McCoy was given a citation for driving with a suspended license and released the same day.
Police later determined that Frost’s handgun was stolen in a home invasion over the weekend and issued him an additional charge of receiving stolen property.
Frost and Blake were being held at the Lorain City Jail without bond, awaiting arraignment today at Lorain Municipal Court.