December 20, 2014

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Parents charged after heroin found in house near 4-year-old

ELYRIA — When police searched the house of two alleged drug traffickers Thursday morning, they found heroin, razor blades and a 4-year-old child sleeping on the floor.

Mitchell Krugman, 33, and Kristia Collins, 31, were arrested around 7:30 a.m. Thursday and charged with possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering children at their house at 144 Brunswick Drive.

They both also received a heroin trafficking charge with a juvenile specification for having their 4-year-old daughter live with them as they sold heroin from their house, according to police.

Around two months ago, police launched an investigation into Collins and Krugman after receiving tips from neighbors in the area that the two might be involved in drug activity.

Based on the evidence they gathered, police obtained a search warrant and raided the house.

Police entered the house to find the 4-year-old daughter of Krugman and Collins wrapped in a blanket and asleep on the floor in front of a television, Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said. The child was given to her grandmother and Lorain County Children Services was contacted following the incident.

Money, razors, a small amount of heroin and two shotguns also were found in the house. In a back bedroom, police found and charged Krugman and Collins, who were within arm’s reach of the two shotguns, Costantino said.

Thursday’s incident is the latest in a series of drug trafficking arrests, and Costantino said he credits the Elyria Police Narcotics Division with a well-developed investigation.

“Narcotics did a great job of putting it all together,” he said.

Krugman and Collins have a hearing at 2 p.m. Oct. 28 in Elyria Municipal Court.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.