December 21, 2014

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Police: Gang member found in motel with drugs, cash

Eric Echols

Eric Echols

LORAIN – The Lorain-based gang, M.O.B., had been relatively quiet in the recent past until Thursday afternoon when police said they found a gang member often called “E. Money” in a Lorain motel with drugs, scales and over $200 in cash.

Eric Echols, a convicted felon and member of the gang “Members of Blood,” alternatively called “Money over (expletive)” was charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia Thursday at the Erieview Motel on 2800 W. Erie Ave. in Lorain.

Since receiving increased reports and complaints of drug activity at the West Erie Avenue motels, Lorain police have been conducting regular visits to the motels to read the ledgers and look for any suspicious names of motel occupants, Lorain Police Detective Mike Gidich said.

It was on one of these routine visits that police saw Eric Echols’ name on the ledger. Echols is a member of M.O.B. who’s been charged with drug trafficking in the past.

Police went to Echols’ door and he invited them in saying “I ain’t got nothing but marijuana,” according to the police report.

Police said they found money and marijuana scattered on the bed along with a scale, so they charged Echols with possession. Police also saw cocaine on the scale along with a clear plastic bag and Percocet, according to a police report.

Police said that Echols looked nervous and jumpy when was arrested, prompting police to order a strip search, according to the police report. During the search, a rock of crack cocaine fell out of Echols’ pants, police said.

Echols was taken to Lorain City Jail and released on bond around noon Friday.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com.