July 22, 2014

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Lorain police arrest ‘high-level’ suspected drug dealer

Jason Vasquez

Jason Vasquez

LORAIN — A Lorain police raid Tuesday turned up suspected fentanyl, the powerful painkiller police believe is responsible for a series of sometimes-fatal drug overdoses this month, and led to the arrest of an alleged high-level drug dealer.

Lorain police Sgt. Tom Nimon said officers seized roughly 30 grams of suspected fentanyl, 20 grams of heroin, 5 grams of cocaine and cash during a raid at 1509 Fillmore Ave., where Jason Vasquez, 35, was arrested. He said police also found another drug, but that, like the suspected fentanyl, still needs to be tested.

“It’s something else, we’re not sure,” Nimon said. “It could be a different kind of heroin.”

Most of the drugs were found on the kitchen counter, accessible to the 5-year-old girl inside the house, he said.

Nimon said investigators from the Lorain County Drug Task Force and narcotics units in Elyria and Lorain have been working overtime to cut off the supply of deadly fentanyl that has caused at least 26 overdoses, including two deaths, this month.

Although there have been numerous arrests during the investigation, including last week’s bust of 20-year-old Antwan Taylor, who was caught with fentanyl, Nimon said narcotics detectives wanted to find the “upper tier.”

The investigations led officers to Vasquez, who has an extensive criminal record including convictions for drug trafficking and other offenses such as felonious assault.

“Everything that we heard and learned was pointing to this one individual,” Nimon said.

Vasquez faces charges of trafficking and possession of cocaine, heroin and Schedule II drugs, as well as possession of criminal tools and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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Ciera Calloway

Also arrested during Tuesday’s raid was Vasquez’s girlfriend, Ciera Calloway, 23, who faces charges of possession of heroin and cocaine and child endangering. Nimon said Calloway is the mother of the child found in the home.

Despite Vasquez’s arrest, Nimon said it’s too early to tell whether the supply of fentanyl has been cut off in the county.

He said junkies questioned in the case have told officers they are seeking out the drug because it’s so much more powerful than ordinary heroin. He said one dose of fentanyl is 100 times more powerful than a single dose of ordinary heroin.

Some of the junkies can’t help themselves from seeking out another high despite the danger and media reports on overdoses and deaths, he said.

“Physically, addiction overrides, I would say, their common sense,” Nimon said.

Both Vasquez and Calloway were being held without bond at the Lorain City Jail on Tuesday and are due in court today.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.

  • Jennifer Williams

    Holy Cow I worked with this guy a very long time ago. Craziness! and wow the cops called people Junkies quite a bit. Fight the war on drugs! Keep on bringing them in but not let thm go this time!

  • stop ur whining

    this article leaves no doubt. all those one these threads saying “KILL THE EVIL DRUG DEALER” need to stop. Junkies are being given fentanyl knowing what it is and knowing that it is stronger not having it passed off as heroin. People need to realize that the problem is the junkies not the dealers. there are 100 Jason Vasquezs out there if not more. Junkies are only a notch above pedophiles in my book. both are bottom feeders with an addiction that overrides their morality. both should be removed from society

    fentanyl

    • Bill

      The more you open your pie hole the more ignorance spews forth. To compare a junkie with a pedophile just shows how little you really know about life.

      • stop ur whining

        oh billy, pay attention. i said they were a notch above them and for good reason. Both allow an sad addiction override their morality, both are viewed as vile bottom feeders, and both commit acts that destroy their lives and the lives of everyone around them.

        call it what you like Bill, but ignorant is not a word i would use. again, junkies are above pedophiles, but not by much.

        you are a champion of the lazy, weak willed, and poor. the problem is that you help encourage people to continue their lifestyles by shifting blame to others instead of hold blame on those that deserve it. Junkies should clean up their acts or OD and save us a ton of money.

        • Bill

          I’ll reiterate my statement above.

          • stop ur whining

            never a retort that is anything close to educated Bill. all you ever have to say is question my intelligence. I bet i am far more educated than you are. Did i state anything that was not a fact?

            do both pedophiles and junkies lack self control? yes
            do both pedophiles and junkies ruin their own and everyone that knows them lives? yes

            do pedophiles and junkies allow their addiction to compromise morality? yes

            are you a bleeding heart for the poor and disenfranchised by shifting blame to society instead of holding those responsible accountable? yes

            you continue to be part of the problem bill because there is never any intelligent retort on your behalf for the causes that are so close to your heart. you claim my lack of intelligence, im sorry bill but me thinks you are out gunned in this battle of whits.

          • Bill

            I looked you up and found your picture. Na, I would say it’s safe to say I’m a little smarter then you.

          • stop ur whining

            yea there you go, a bit more rhetoric and stupidity instead of an intelligent factual based statement. congrats, you can copy and paste a picture. that proves intelligence doesn’t it? i mean my three year old can do that too.

            come on bill, high school? BA? post grad? where did you stop?

            get it together man, you really are sad. you can not even conform an educated response on a thread. really?, you have a computer. being unable to debate on a thread is like failing an open book test.

          • Jennifer Williams

            I am not sure why you are bashing Bill he is clearly stating how he feels as you are. Not everyone is going to see eye to eye, EVER! Stop beating ourselves up. I believe the Jason Vasquez’ of the world should go to jail for a long time. I do not agree with the JUNKIES are a step above a pedophile. My brother once was a heroin addict and I can clearly say yes he hurt others and himself but never inflicted the amount of scarring a pedophile or rapist would do to a child or any other human being. By the way since you want to get on the intelligence chain maybe you should use capitalization where it is needed and lines like: im sorry bill but me thinks you are out gunned in this battle of whits. But me thinks? What are you a damn leprechaun? Don’t takes me Lucky Charms. Commas do not come after question marks, always start a sentence with a capital letter, especially I or I’m. Guess you failed your own open book test.

          • stop ur whining

            merely asking bill to respond with anything other than telling me im stupid and offering nothing intelligent to the discussion. nothing more, nothing less. unfortunately he had nothing to offer and is uneducated. u on the other hand offered intelligent opinions that can be supported. don’t back bill, he is part of the problem.

          • Bill

            When you post something that has any intelligent value for me to debate with you other then the dribble you do put out there then we will see.

          • stop ur whining

            that is what i thought. uneducated, unoriginal. you are both sad and pathetic.

          • Zen Grouch

            You really aren’t very bright…

            …and it shows.

          • stop ur whining

            i figured it out btw. you got that Good Enough Degree (GED) right? explains the bleeding heart for all the non-producers, you are one of them. sitting on your couch condemning evil republicans for their treatment of the poor while, yourself working a dead end job with a limited future. i almost pity you, almost.

  • keepsmewonderin

    Why in the hell are people like this NOT in jail? It’s time to take a good long look at the people we vote in as judges and prosecutors. Like all politicians, they promise everything and don’t know how to follow through on those promises. I don’t want to hear the jails are full; Stack these losers on top of one another. Who cares about their rights? They should be gone as soon as they become the violators that they are.

  • Angela Fuller

    love the reference of “junkies” in this article,in all honesty people like Vasquez need to be put away for a long time

  • DonMega

    Bill that picture was not nice but funny lol.