November 24, 2014

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UPDATED: Second arrest made in connection with drug overdoses

Antwan Taylor

Antwan Taylor

LORAIN — Police have arrested another man suspected of trafficking pure fentanyl, a dangerous drug that Lorain police believe was responsible for a rash of overdoses in the county last weekend.

Antwan Taylor, 20, was arrested around 2 p.m. Tuesday during a traffic stop at 1900 Meister Road and charged with aggravated trafficking in drugs, possession of heroin and possession of criminal tools.

Lorain police Detective Buddy Sivert said Taylor had a warrant for his arrest, and a search of his home uncovered 31 grams of a white powder, consistent to what has been sold as heroin over the past few days.

Sivert said lab tests completed by the Lorain County Crime Lab on Tuesday show that the drug is not heroin, however, but pure fentanyl, a narcotic pain reliever.

He said what was found in the home was believed to be the drug that caused 23 overdoses, two of which resulted in deaths, across Lorain County since Friday evening.

Sivert said the newest overdose occurred Monday night after a Lorain man used the drug. Narcan was used to revive him, but Sivert said it didn’t have the desired results.

Narcan is the brand name for naxolone, a synthetic narcotic that works solely on people suffering from opiate overdoses. Since Oct. 12, police in Lorain County have been using the drug as part of a pilot program to decrease opiate-related deaths.

Elyria police arrested a man Sunday afternoon in connection with the investigation, which led officers to believe the drug responsible for the overdoses in Lorain County was “China White,” a potent form of heroin mixed with fentanyl. Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said drug dealers and users had been calling the substance “China White,” though Elyria police are still waiting for the test results to determine whether it is the heroin-based drug.

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

Noble was arraigned Tuesday in Elyria Municipal Court, and a preliminary hearing was set for 2 p.m. today.

He remained in Lorain County Jail on a $1.01 million cash or surety bond Tuesday.

Reporter Anna Merriman contributed to this story.

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  • Brandy Lynn

    Yay! Keep em coming!!!

  • kmzi

    just another scumbag who is where he belongs now.

  • jz

    No doubt these greedy bastards are scum. Funny, I don,t see something being sold as alcohol that isn,t alcohol. This same stuff happened during alcohol prohibition. It was called bathtub gin. It was the prohibitionist themselves responsible for bathtub gin. In order to dissuage people from drinking they ordered/ brought about a chain of events that prompted black market manufacturers of booze to use more chemicals damaging to the human body.Kinda like the same logic the government used when they sprayed marihuana with paraquat, a carcinogenic pesticide. Sure enough people were dyeing from the “bathtub gin” brought about in part by the government continued policy of prohibition. This was in a documentary on the Discovery Chanell.

  • Denise Caruloff

    maybe he should be taking himself the drug that he is trafficking. And a lot of it.

  • ZX3

    And we have problems finding drugs for death row inmates.

  • therest_ofthestory

    He’s out awaiting trial. Should we put a levy to have another prison built? I’d support that! I know that by state regulations they can only house so many people. Ok, I don’t want to see these idiots out on the street…..I’ll pay a few more dollars to keep them locked up!

    • Mark B

      Go to the lorain county sheriffs website and look at the list of people in there and what they are in for. I wold gladly like to see someone who is in for child support released to make room for these drug dealers.

  • Mark B

    U.S. law enforcement agencies. In June 2006, 945 grams of 83% pure fentanyl powder was seized by Border Patrol agents in California from a vehicle which had entered from Mexico.

    But our government wants nothing to do with closing our boarder with Mexico. It is not only the Illegals coming here to get welfare , medical treatment , but they bring drugs over her to kill our youth. But our government wants to welcome them all here with open arms. remember this at the voting booth

    • nan119

      Your family must of entered the country from one of the borders…
      Stop blaming it on anything else beside horrible American people, we are the fattest, laziest and most over indulgent country on the planet.
      But you want to stop the people that pick our fruit from coming in…
      I guess there has to be some job for your kids to do, huh?

      • Bill

        The majority of our ancestors did it legally. Whats so wrong from keeping out those that don’t want to do it the right way?

      • MZee

        nan, wow. First, ALL families entered the country from one of the borders. May not have been your parents, but somewhere in your apple-didn’t-fall far from the tree family they emigrated here.
        Second, he makes a valid point, but you spin it and blame someone else – not saying you too are not correct. He just didn’t make the point that way.

        Third, you lower the Mexicans by calling them fruit pickers, and mentioning jobs for his kids – here you are wrong, racially wrong. The mexicans are actually willing to do hard, menial labor in regards to “fruit picking” to make some money AND get out of Mexico, yet you chastise them.

        Forth, what you said about Americans directly correlates to the work the Mexicans are willing to do – most Americans are “above” doing this kind of work, and these days they don’t even want to start working at a fast food or other “low end, dead end” jobs. They get breasst fed by their momies and dadies, then want to start out as a CEO of a major money maker.

        The American Dream is something the people of many nations don’t take for granted. Meanwhile, out “I was born an American” children of late feeling they are entitled to it by birth, not by working for it.

        By not trying to be racist and pointing out Americans as many are, you then become racist… kinda a bigot, eh?

        • nan119

          Not the Native Americans, they walked the land bridge.
          TL DR;

  • DonMega

    Close your mouth son , you look stupid enough.

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  • Mark B

    There is a closed border with Canada , but yet Legal people are able to travel freely to and from canada. Why cant the same border security be made with mexico. You cnat have it both ways open to illegale to come and go as they please and but not let the drugs in with them.

  • Macdaddyoh

    Evidence in hand, cut this bastards hands off! My son is at a funeral today of a 20 year old who died from an OD….Cannot say if it’s from this ashole. Take him out back and put a bullet in his head. F-him…he’s no diff. then a baby raper.