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Police investigate new opiate-based drug in rash of overdoses

ELYRIA — A new, dangerously potent opiate-based drug may be the cause of a rash of overdoses and two deaths in Lorain County last weekend.

Over the course of two days, 21 incidents of drug overdoses were reported to police, with two resulting in death.

One law enforcement agency believes the drug responsible is one that dealers and users call China White, an especially potent form of heroin mixed with the pain drug fentanyl, which is similar to morphine. China White is usually seen in larger cities, Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said.

But according to Lorain police Lt. Roger Watkins, “This isn’t testing positive for heroin,” referring to the drugs that police recovered in some of the Lorain overdose cases.

Watkins and Costantino both said the drug is opiate-based because police and emergency responders were able to revive some victims with Narcan, the brand name for naloxone, a synthetic narcotic that works solely on people suffering from opiate-related overdoses.

The overdoses began Friday evening and lasted through Sunday. On Saturday, an Elyria woman and an Amherst Township man were both reported dead by possible overdoses, according to police. Their names have not been released.

Elyria Police Narcotics, Lorain Police and the Lorain County Drug Task Force launched an investigation into the rash of drug overdoses Friday night. By Sunday afternoon, police made their first arrest.

Siarres Noble, 29, of Elyria — also known as “Sizzle” — was charged with three counts of drug trafficking Sunday afternoon after being picked up in the 200 block of Brunswick Drive in Elyria.

Costantino said that throughout the course of the investigation, Noble’s name kept coming up and that police received information that Noble had been selling China White around Elyria.

Noble was being held Monday at Lorain County Jail.

Police said they will know more when they can positively identify the drug. The Lorain County crime lab is conducting tests on the drugs that were recovered.

Costantino said users aren’t getting what they think when they buy the drug.

“The key thing is we want people to know they’re not buying heroin,” Costantino said.

The number of overdoses in the span of two days continues to puzzle police.

“We’ve had two different spikes before, but not to this great a magnitude,” Lorain County Sheriff Chief Deputy Dennis Cavanaugh said.

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

  • Macdaddyoh

    You should be breaking “sizzles” fingers to get the information needed. Charge this idiot with murder.

    • stop ur whining

      did he shoot anyone up against their will? face it, the guy merely was meeting a demand for customers. no different then what happens all day every day all over the country or the world for that matter. sure, the product in question was an illegal narcotic, but lets be real. people are going to continue to do heroin and until we stop the junkies the drug dealers will always be around. maybe instead of condemning the supplier you can place the blame squarely where it belongs…on the person who CHOOSE to get high.

      • Bob Sweatt

        Oh would you stop making sense. You’re confusing everyone. LOL

        What kills me. Is that people think this guy was the only dealer. He is just a small fish in a big pound. he goes away someone come right in and takes his place.

        • stop ur whining

          amazes me that people can not comprehend that. gigantic laps in personal responsibility is the reason these people are od’ing. nothing more, nothing less. they are too weak to right their own ship and it is easier to blame the guy “preying” on them.

      • Macdaddyoh

        There is not real answer other then please stay away from my kids. My hunch this “big bad evil drug dealer” is on the food stamp program too. I say shoot the dealers and flog the addicts….

        • stop ur whining

          i agree, by no means do i feel the drug dealer is innocent. but murder? if you want to enact laws that give drug dealers life in prison, im fine with that. but to accuse a drug dealer of murder bc a person chose to shoot up cant happen. if i go to walmart and buy a gun and kill people with the gun is it the clerk that sold me the gun fault?

  • Awoll

    Thank you Macdaddyoh!! So many people on here won’t agree but glad you said it anyhow…

    • Joe Smith

      Thats because it does not fit the definition of murder but it may fit one of the lesser charges

      2903.01 Aggravated murder.

      (A) No person shall purposely, and with prior calculation and design, cause the death of another or the unlawful termination of another’s pregnancy.

      (B) No person shall purposely cause the death of another or the unlawful termination of another’s pregnancy while committing or attempting to commit, or while fleeing immediately after committing or attempting to commit, kidnapping, rape, aggravated arson, arson, aggravated robbery, robbery, aggravated burglary, burglary, trespass in a habitation when a person is present or likely to be present, terrorism, or escape.

      (C) No person shall purposely cause the death of another who is under thirteen years of age at the time of the commission of the offense.

      (D) No person who is under detention as a result of having been found guilty of or having pleaded guilty to a felony or who breaks that detention shall purposely cause the death of another.

      (E) No person shall purposely cause the death of a law enforcement officer whom the offender knows or has reasonable cause to know is a law enforcement officer when either of the following applies:

      (1) The victim, at the time of the commission of the offense, is engaged in the victim’s duties.

      (2) It is the offender’s specific purpose to kill a law enforcement officer.

      (F) Whoever violates this section is guilty of aggravated murder, and shall be punished as provided in section 2929.02 of the Revised Code.

      (G) As used in this section:

      (1) “Detention” has the same meaning as in section 2921.01 of the Revised Code.

      (2) “Law enforcement officer” has the same meaning as in section 2911.01 of the Revised Code.

      Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.29,HB 86, §1, eff. 9/30/2011.

      Effective Date: 05-15-2002

      2903.02 Murder.

      (A) No person shall purposely cause the death of another or the unlawful termination of another’s pregnancy.

      (B) No person shall cause the death of another as a proximate result of the offender’s committing or attempting to commit an offense of violence that is a felony of the first or second degree and that is not a violation of section 2903.03 or 2903.04 of the Revised Code.

      (C) Division (B) of this section does not apply to an offense that becomes a felony of the first or second degree only if the offender previously has been convicted of that offense or another specified offense.

      (D) Whoever violates this section is guilty of murder, and shall be punished as provided in section 2929.02 of the Revised Code.

      2903.04 Involuntary manslaughter.

      (A) No person shall cause the death of another or the unlawful termination of another’s pregnancy as a proximate result of the offender’s committing or attempting to commit a felony.

      (B) No person shall cause the death of another or the unlawful termination of another’s pregnancy as a proximate result of the offender’s committing or attempting to commit a misdemeanor of any degree, a regulatory offense, or a minor misdemeanor other than a violation of any section contained in Title XLV of the Revised Code that is a minor misdemeanor and other than a violation of an ordinance of a municipal corporation that, regardless of the penalty set by ordinance for the violation, is substantially equivalent to any section contained in Title XLV of the Revised Code that is a minor misdemeanor.

      (C) Whoever violates this section is guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Violation of division (A) of this section is a felony of the first degree. Violation of division (B) of this section is a felony of the third degree.

      (D) If an offender is convicted of or pleads guilty to a violation of division (A) or (B) of this section and if the felony, misdemeanor, or regulatory offense that the offender committed or attempted to commit, that proximately resulted in the death of the other person or the unlawful termination of another’s pregnancy, and that is the basis of the offender’s violation of division (A) or (B) of this section was a violation of division (A) or (B) of section 4511.19 of the Revised Code or of a substantially equivalent municipal ordinance or included, as an element of that felony, misdemeanor, or regulatory offense, the offender’s operation or participation in the operation of a snowmobile, locomotive, watercraft, or aircraft while the offender was under the influence of alcohol, a drug of abuse, or alcohol and a drug of abuse, both of the following apply:

      (1) The court shall impose a class one suspension of the offender’s driver’s or commercial driver’s license or permit or nonresident operating privilege as specified in division (A)(1) of section 4510.02 of the Revised Code.

      (2) The court shall impose a mandatory prison term for the violation of division (A) or (B) of this section from the range of prison terms authorized for the level of the offense under section 2929.14 of the Revised Code.

      Effective Date: 01-01-2004

      2903.041 Reckless homicide.

      (A) No person shall recklessly cause the death of another or the unlawful termination of another’s pregnancy.

      (B) Whoever violates this section is guilty of reckless homicide, a felony of the third degree.

      Effective Date: 09-29-1999

  • stop ur whining

    if you don’t want to OD…don’t shot up. fairly simple concept. i never OD’ed and i still manage to have fun in life. everyone wants to blame the drug dealer. “the big bad evil drug dearler should be convicted of murder.” he was merely meeting a demand. if not “sizzles” than it will be “jizzles” or “fizzles”. as long as there are junkies, there will always be drug dealers.

    • Bob Sweatt

      What I think is funny, is that Bill said “some people” but only focused on one person. And he calls you idiotic.

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  • Bill

    The IQ of some of the people that continue to comment with their idiotic responses of ” the guy merely was meeting a demand for customers”
    or “let them die”
    No one is saying that there isn’t personal responsibility on the user but what is so hard to comprehend that the dealer is just as responsible for any deaths that occur from his/her product and should be charged accordingly to any laws that exist to put them away as long as possible. Yes that means the other dealers involved also.

    Someone else posted this link elsewhere and I hope the justice system of Lorain County does the same as this city.

    http://bigstory.ap.org/article/dealers-now-being-charged-drug-overdose-deaths

    • stop ur whining

      idiotic? there is nothing idiotic about that response. guess what? im not a junkie. guess what? i have been approached by and offered heroin. guess what? i said NO. drug dealers are a dime a dozen. why are they a dime a dozen? bc they are in demand. junkies are going to get their fix one way or another. that, is a sad, but very true fact.

      also a fact, you get what you pay for today and that applies to drugs as well. an individual makes the choice to purchase a powerful narcotic from an individual such as sizzle. if you trust a drug dealer’s word that it is “good stuff” and od, well you are a moron and your death, as horrible for your family as it maybe, was merely thinning the heard.

      the strong survive and the weak perish. this is a truth that applies to every species on this planet. junkies are not strong enough mentally to over come their demons and as a result live poor lives or die. sad? of course, but the fault of anyone other than themselves is pure hogwash.

      I wonder if you would have the same compassion if the junkies you defend so righteously broke into your house for money to feed their habit? or your wife and kids get killed in an accident by someone ripped on H, would your feeling about mr. junkie shit? or will you be looking for sizzle to take vengeance?

      • Bill

        You just proved my point.

        • Tamra Tury

          I know its hard Bill but just stop feeding the Troll. No one is gaining anything from it other then him and his big fat ego. Its not worth your time.

          • Bill

            I know Tamra. It’s obvious his reading comprehension skills are severely lacking.

          • stop ur whining

            skills are just fine. its my lack of tolerance for the masses of irresponsible people that you are getting. large lack of personal responsibility in this world Bill. too much for me. my compassion is for my family, not for junkies that do not have the will power to say no.

          • stop ur whining

            maybe my heart is tired of bleeding for those who do not wish to better themselves. perhaps my love is now for those that have character and do not make stupid choices.

            ego? i have none. pride? have a lot, character?, in abundance. i do not make terrible decisions and i certainly object charging a guy with murder bc some junkie shoots up and over does it.

        • stop ur whining

          lets just start charging McDonald’s for every heart attack while we are at it. your amazing source you posted…that is just another way the govt is protecting those that are too irresponsible to handle their own issues. how much do you continue to baby society? “awe, its not your fault that you decided to experiment with a highly addictive substance and ruin your life and the lives of everyone that knows you” “its the big bad drug dealer, he is the one who is to blame” “after all, it was the drug dealer that tied your arms up, injected you with junk, and took that hard earned money out of your wallet”.

          I love how you think i am idiotic. I’m not the one that voluntarily shoots up with junk. Guess who else wont? my kids, or any other individual that i associate with.

          people need to WAKE UP and stop blaming others for their own misfortunes and take some personal responsibility. i have a good friend that is a recovering addict. he is five years sober and has kicked it for good. his opinion, as a former addict was simple. he made selfish choices bc he was too weak to control himself. he has never once blamed anyone but himself for his poor choices. wish more people, especially on here would do the same.

      • Brittany BrostƏk

        damn. You make some valid points. Some of which gave me goosebumps.

        • Brittany BrostƏk

          especially when you said “the strong survive and the weak perish. this is a truth that applies to every species on this planet” Thanks.

          • stop ur whining

            its all about personal responsibility

    • Bob Sweatt

      Ok that is Toms River in New Jersey. This is OHIO. Bye the letter of the law, Sizzle or whatever his name is. can only be charge with the drugs. UNLESS it is proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that he FORCE these people to take the drug. And who is to say that HE sold the drug to one of the people who OD’ed.

      You are very passionate about this, which I admire. But think with your head not your heart.

    • stop ur whining

      i go to walmart and buy a shotgun go to a school and open fire. charge the walmart clerk with murder?

      • Bob Sweatt

        I love the fact that when someone doesn’t agree with your point of view. They become immature and start calling you names. What’s next are the going to tell our mommies??

        Whose the troll here??

        • stop ur whining

          that’s what happens when facts come into play. people get upset when you obliterate their OPINION with facts. used to it.

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  • Brittany BrostƏk

    I agree that it is a personal choice, However we cant take out the addictive substances in the chemicals. So once your hooked its a hard habit to break. The initial decision to use is where the fork in the road is located.(just say no) The dealer seen that his product was killing people, (hate to say, More than usual) and still sold it. He was running on greed, and deserves to be off the streets for that reason.

    • stop ur whining

      he will be removed form the streets for being a drug dealer. no problem there. but he is not a murder

      • Brittany BrostƏk

        * 100% agree

  • jz

    These people are idiots .Now we will see more unintended consequences of our Drug War. The government gets the great idea to “save” people from themselves and cracks down on prescriptions opiates that come in known pharmacological properties substances and quantities, predictably to anyone with even half a brain. Addicts move to black market heroin of unknown composition and quantity and promptly start to overdose, And their solution? To try and charge those the state thinks dealt them the drugs so that now when people overdose their addict pals won,t call for help for fear of being thrown in jail for many years and yet more will die from overdose. This is how the government helps. There is no criminal justice solution to this problem. The War on Drugs ensures these people are dyeing of overdoses from unreliable sources who are then put in jail. Why? The black market supplies these unreliable drugs to ensure it all continues. It will always continue until we regulate and manage this catastrophe created by prohibition and the War on Drugs.

    • stop ur whining

      junkies will always need their fix. if drug dealer “A” doesn’t have it, drug dealer “B” will. charging “sizzle” with murder solves absolutely nothing and sets us back as a society. make all drugs legal, oversee them and tax them. the world is always going to have junkies, might as well make some tax revenue off ‘em before they kick.

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