November 29, 2014


Elyria police arrest five as part of drug-trafficking investigation

An Elyria police Special Response Team member carries guns from the scene of a raid at 436 Jefferson St., Elyria. At least three homes were raided in the Wednesday morning police activity. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

An Elyria police Special Response Team member carries guns from the scene of a raid at 436 Jefferson St., Elyria. At least three homes were raided in the Wednesday morning police activity. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Early Wednesday morning, Elyria police executed three search warrants and arrested five people as part of an investigation into drug-trafficking in Lorain County, which resulted in a rash of weekend overdoses.

Hannah Barbee

Hannah Barbee

Todd Barbee

Todd Barbee

Richard Burroughs

Richard Burroughs

Police issued the following charges on Wednesday:

  • Richard Burroughs, 38: trafficking in heroin, trafficking schedule I, possession of oxycodone, tampering with evidence, possessing criminal tools, possession of cocaine and having weapons under disability;
  • Hannah Barbee, 20: two counts of permitting drug abuse and possession of cocaine;
  • Todd Barbee, 22: possession of cocaine;
  • Donald Cannon, 41: drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, possession of schedule III drug, possession of schedule II methadone, possession of heroin, possession of cocaine, trafficking heroin, trafficking cocaine, trafficking marijuana, having weapons under disability;
  • Michael W. Taylor, 30: trafficking in schedule II fentanyl, possession of schedule II Adderall, possession of schedule II oxycodone.
Don Cannon

Don Cannon

Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor

About 7:30 a.m. the Elyria police Narcotics Unit searched the home of Todd Barbee on 606 Foster Ave., after an investigation into drug activity in the house. Police found a handgun in the home and took Barbee into custody.

Todd Barbee’s sister, Hannah, and her boyfriend, Richard Burroughs, who normally live at the Foster Avenue residence were found shortly after Todd Barbee’s arrest at the Best Western Motel at 636 Griswold Road with Hannah’ Barbees 4-year-old daughter, according to police.

Hannah Barbee and Burroughs were staying at the motel because of a fire that broke out at the Foster Avenue house on Sunday, Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said.

At the same time as Todd’s arrest, the Elyria Police Special Response Team searched Cannon’s house at 436 Jefferson St. and took Cannon into custody. Police also found Cannon’s 2-year-old child and four rifles in the house.

After the search, Cannon’s house was condemned by the city of Elyria for unsanitary conditions, including no water, gas or heat and broken floorboards.

Shortly after arresting Cannon, Elyria police executed a third raid at Taylor’s house at 217 Wolf Court and found Taylor with a 7-year-old, a 3-year-old and a 5-year-old in the house. Among other charges, Taylor was charged with trafficking fentynol, which is the drug police believe to be responsible for 23 overdoses around Lorain County last weekend. Taylor was the only one charged for fentanyl trafficking Wednesday morning.

All three searches were the result of separate investigations into drug and trafficking activity at the houses, Costantino said.

All were being held at Lorain County Jail. Taylor is being held on a $500,000 bond. Burroughs, Todd Barbee and Hannah Barbee are being held at Lorain County Jail without bond.

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

  • Jennifer Williams

    And no one has child endangerment charges? These drug dealers need to get off the streets and their children put in safe lovable homes. What is wrong with people?

  • Macdaddyoh

    It’s murder…murder, murder, murder!! Above are the china white group that created the overdose problem 3 days ago. Additionally, they put the police in DEFCON 2 mode. How can you not charge them with some type of violent crime? They knowingly handed people loaded/bad dope. Not giving one ioda the consequenses. In my eyes, they assisted in the killing of these people.
    The states are becoming less aggressive to non violent drug dealers due to over crowding in the prison system. There’s not one violent charge listed. These welfare sucking enigmas will be on the streets within 3 years.

  • Carol Smith-Hollows

    Unbelievable —- those poor children being raised in such an environment. Is that not endangering? This just sickens me. How could the family allow the children to be living in a home that was in such a condition? No water, gas or heat. I guess they spent all of that money they made dealing drugs on necessary things like gold jewelry, their rides, their nails, their grills (teeth), name brand clothes that don’t fit properly, top of the line phones etc. etc. etc. Receiving assistance and dealing drugs —- go figure? People who really need the assistance are being turned away or barely getting enough to survive on. Not even enough to pay their rent and utilities let alone have the luxury of cable TV or a cell phone. God, this just makes me sick to see those that are really disabled live like paupers and other totally “work the system”. Oh my, now I have probably offended someone by using the word “God”. So sorry —– NOT. I know that drug money is “dirty” money but it should be placed into a fund and given to the truly disabled. I mean those that there is no doubt about the disabilities that prevent them from working. Disabilities that are seen on X Rays, MRI’s, CT Scans, blood work etc. Proof that one cannot work. That sure would cut a lot of people now wouldn’t it?

    • Bob Sweatt

      Making them take drug tests would help too. Can’t wait for Ohio to start doing that, if it hasn’t already.

      • jz

        That is a dumb idea. Isn,t gonna solve anything and is probably very argueable in court.

        • Bob Sweatt

          Why should it be that I had to take a drug test to get a job. But people who live on wellfare, like it is a job don’t??

          These people are living proof that someone on wellfare should have to do the same thing I do to get and keep a job.

          But in this “self entitle” world. People think it’s perfectly fine to live off of government assistants (and no I am NOT referring to disabled people).

  • Brandy Lynn

    Sweet! Keep them coming! There’s so many more!

  • DonMega

    These are some of the dumbest looking drug dealers i ever seen,welcome to the county jail.

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