September 23, 2014

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15 arrested in Elyria drug sting

 

ELYRIA — Fourteen drug investigations have been closed and 13 suspected drug dealers taken off the streets over four days in an operation that police have coined Street Sweeper 2013, the largest roundup of dealers and drugs by the Elyria Narcotics Unit since the division was resurrected earlier this year.

Officers have been quietly working several drug cases for weeks, but sprang into action shortly before sunrise on Thursday. They raided the home of Kristia Collins and Mitchell Krugman, who live at 144 Brunswick Drive, Apt. C, on the city’s far west side. Both were charged with trafficking in drugs-heroin and other offenses.

Police Capt. Chris Costantino said the 15 arrests between Thursday and Monday were not all linked to one group, but shared one commonality that officers focused on. Two people — identified as Marvin Cannon and Carl Ra Smith — are still being sought by police.

“These were street-level dealers, but in the end were all involved in selling narcotics in Elyria,” he said. “It didn’t matter if they were not working together. I can’t speak enough for the work that was done to bring everyone in. We have people in the unit that are dedicated to executing tasks and reaching goals. They are truly committed to what they are doing and that is to try to make Elyria better.”

Heroin and cocaine are the primary drugs in Elyria and more than half of the 15 people who have been arrested allegedly were selling them.

The operation, in coordination with the Lorain Narcotics Unit and Lorain County Drug Task Force, has not been without risk.

Costantino said in the first raid two shotguns were seized — one within arm’s reach of Krugman.

“The numbers speak for themselves,” he said. “The unit is made up of one sergeant and five detectives, and since March they have made 187 drug and felony warrant arrests, executed 16 search warrants, taken 40 firearms off the streets, seized 10 vehicles and two motorcycles and taken $600,000 in drugs off the streets.”

When the group was brought back after city finances caused the unit to be absorbed into the department’s patrol division, Mayor Holly Brinda said their work would be essential in changing the quality of life in Elyria neighborhoods. The correlation between drugs and crime is too strong for change not to materialize with the unit back on the street.

“We see the drugs on the increase, so we have been out there talking to citizens and interviewing people,” Costantino said. “We all have one focus, and it’s because it affects all of our community.”

He said he believes 90 percent of the burglaries investigated in the city are linked to drugs. The same can said for the majority of the armed robberies.

“They are done by people who either have an addiction to drugs or are trying to finance drug operations,” he said. “By arresting the people who have been on our streets selling heroin and cocaine, we are sending a message.

“Now it will be up to the courts to send the stronger message that this type of conduct will not be tolerated in our community.”

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @LisaRobersonCT.

Thursday, Oct. 17

  • Patrick Ennis, 22, trafficking in drugs
  • Paul Edward Wright, 22, trafficking in cocaine
  • Mariah S. Heard, 21, trafficking in drugs and contempt of court
  • Darryl R. Brown, 31, trafficking in heroin
  • Brandon S. Fleisher, 26, drug abuse-heroin (Case dismissed after Fleisher transferred to state prison system to serve a sentence for a previous offense.)
  • Tiko D. Harris, 40, criminal trespassing
  • Clyde Anderson Jr., 22, trafficking in cocaine
  • Tony Orlando Carter Jr., 24, trafficking in heroin
  • Mitchell R. Krugman, 33, trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering children
  • Kristia L. Collins, 31, trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering children.

Friday, Oct. 18

  • Brandon Odell, 37, trafficking in drugs
  • Darryl Thomas Johnson Jr., 23, trafficking in cocaine
  • Adam D. Sciulli, 33, trafficking in heroin
  • Aaron D. Doman, 25, trafficking in heroin

Monday, Oct. 21

  • Lorne Odell, 30, trafficking in heroin


  • Jesusfan

    Come on court systems lets do your job and get these people off the streets and make them seek help. That is what they truely need.

  • Mark B

    Great Job to EPD ! This has been needed for so long. Please keep up the good work and dont stop now there are many more out there.

  • thisworldsucks

    what they need to do is make the courts stronger by actually giving these guys a jail sentence, no offence but they will soon clean themselves with drugs sitting in a cell, the courts just give them a slap on the wrist and hopes that they will go to rehab, never works out…

    • jz

      It hasn,t worked since Nixon, [our paranoid sociopathic President] declared war on drugs 50 years ago. Like the war on poverty the policy actually created more of the same problems it was purported to solve.

  • elyrian64

    Great job EPD!!!!!! Elyria definitely needs this Narcotics Unit. Now that they have done their job we need the court system to step it up and do their job. I would not doubt that most of these criminals busted have previous criminal records and need the court to prosecute they to the fullest extent of the law and send a message to others that if you get busted you will not get off easy. Once again way to go Narcotics Unit and EPD!!!!!!

  • Ralph Davis

    There goes Elyria High’s National Honors Society…

    • elyrian64

      What does this article have to do with Elyria High? Give me a break. I personally know a lot of bright and drug free students that go to EHS. Obviously you need to volunteer and see all the wonderful students Elyria High have. Don’t judge a school by a few but by the majority.

    • mdr12372

      What an idiotic remark. Elyria High has some of the highest SAT scores in the county.

    • luvmytoaster

      What in the world are you commenting on? I don’t understand the relevance between a drug bust and Elyria High’s National Honors Society? What is your problem?

      • ken

        oh come on I’m sure ralph was only joking get your heads out of you a** and laugh once in a while!

        • luvmytoaster

          Why don’t you get your head out of your a** and actually contribute to this site……. you are a POS.

          • ken

            kinda slow are ya.? that post is a month old!!!! LOL YOU ARE AN A$$HOLE!

          • luvmytoaster

            What’s wrong Ken, are you so fricken old that you can’t remember last month? You are a total moron….I’m being polite by calling you that…..why don’t you go back to the hills from where you came from and keep sucking on your momma’s breast…..

          • ken

            LOL I hope you’re having fun MONKEY

    • Donelle Moss

      I don’t get it either. My daughter is going to be inducted into National Honor Society. Do you even know what that is?

  • Jennifer Williams

    Great Job EPD! This is great news! now that 15 are off the street maybe the crime rate will go down! I pray for addicts it is a long dark road to recovery but it can be done, My brother is living proof sober for 5 years and runs a sobriety house in Lorain. The hardest part was he was getting into trouble filing all drug tests for the court system (probation officer) and nothing happened for months then my mother called the probation officer and said she found needles that officer found him a bed in a rehab center and he did a few months in jail after that but has been clean for a long time. I just pray daily there is no relapse.

  • Joe Smith

    They will be in REAL trouble when they don’t sign up for Obamacare!

    • karenwilliamsfoley

      WOW Joe a little off topic….

      • Joe Smith

        Google joke

  • woodyhaze

    When you sell heroin that causes a death , to someone who has ties to the EPD well, you get what you deserve.1 of these asshats was even getting food stamps while dealing, right , Brandon?

    • thisworldsucks

      there is a few in here that i know personally that is getting food stamps, HMM MAYBE IT IS A GOOD IDEA TO HAVE MANDATORY DRUG TESTING IN ORDER TO RECEIVE FOOD STAMPS……..

      • http://comradealan.com/ Alan Pugh

        The only problem with your theory is that it has been tested repeatedly, and the drug tests ALWAYS cost more than they save in benefits.

        Also, I can’t imagine why you want kids to starve because of something their parents did. That’s not a very thoughtful position to take.

        • proccw

          and you seriously think those people were actually feeding their kids with those food stamps??? people have to pass drug tests to support these losers TEST them to receive these benefits!!!

          • http://comradealan.com/ Alan Pugh

            You’d rather spend MORE tax money just to punish people for addiction? I’m glad you can afford to waste your paycheck on your spitefulness. I’d rather keep my money.

          • Dustin Taulbee

            You would be incorrect on your figures Alan. For example I believe Utah just released numbers and it saved them roughly a million dollars. Due to people not willing to take the tests because they know they won’t pass.

          • http://comradealan.com/ Alan Pugh
          • stillsleepyeyes

            And you rather see tax money go for addiction………..?

          • http://comradealan.com/ Alan Pugh

            I would rather see tax money used to help treat addiction and keep kids from going hungry than to try to remove the safety net that keeps them alive, yes.

          • Dustin Taulbee

            I was wrong, Utah saved 300,000$. Florida did not mandate or and only tested a select few. Utah’s works because people refuse the test because they know they’ll fail so in the end… Less people signed up.

      • Cassie

        Florida tried this a few years ago and it was a complete waste of time. Only about 2% of the recipients tested positive and the testing ended up costing the state more than the benefits that were issued.

  • jz

    We,ll never arrest ourselves out of this. A more common sense harm reduction strategy it is now time for. LEAP, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. History shows the tougher we get the more violent crimes increase, especially high up the ladder where the worst habitate, in the cartels. Just look at mexico and the havoc down there when some politician president decided to inject the military. All the violence is now 10 fold.Most of it committed by the military on innocent people,not the cartel members. Eradicate the black market thru legislation proposed by LEAP, ex cops, dea, judges who figured out this drug war stops no drugs from getting to addicts and only encourages them to steal cus the price is high for the product because it is a black market. Not to mention dangerous and not very safe. There will always be people willing to make money regardless of the harm it causes to others.Many of them are sociopaths who lack empathy for others, as long as they profit. In a regulated medically controlled setting the addicts can at least be safer, they will not need to steal to get the money these substances are cheaper to make than alcohol, and the violence associated with the black market created by prohibition is practically done away with. All the money spent on failed interdiction could go towards educating young people and helping those who reach the point they want help weening off the drugs and staying clean and sober. Al Capone/Pablo Escobar/Same Problem/Same Solution. Drug abuse and addiction is bad, the drug war is worse.

  • sassysue728

    So glad the Narcotics Division is back…I hope they are making their way to my street!! So far we have a father who is a trucker and when he gets back from a run the kid is so busy with the 5 minute pit stops by these drug addicts….even watched the son the next morning checking the driveway to see if he dropped any overnight…told them many times…even when the father gets back and the traffic has picked up…GREAT JOB KEEP IT GOING!!!!! :)

  • Pamela Norris

    Keep up the good work…

  • DonMega

    What a goofy bunch,no wonder they got caught.

  • Becky Phillips Habecker

    Thank you EPD!

  • proccw

    kudos to epd! now get the judges in Elyria to get their heads out of their butts and do the job they were elected to do!!!

  • karenwilliamsfoley

    Great job EPD, now we need to make the sentences for dealing drugs like heroin and cocaine longer, there is an epidemic across our country like never before. There used to be a stigma for using heroin and there isn’t any more. We need doctors to not be so quick to give our youth pain meds like oxycontin,vicodin, etc. These are the drugs that commonly start their path to addiction. But , once again, GREAT JOB to the Elyria Police Dept!

  • goomba

    Awesome Job EPD! Finally get those losers off the street!

  • juylio

    Keep selling that shyt cops lawyers and judges are the ones buying it..