December 19, 2014

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Gang member pleads guilty to drug charges

Echols

Eric Echols

ELYRIA — A Lorain gang member with previous felony convictions pleaded guilty to multiple drug charges Wednesday.

Eric Echols entered guilty pleas to charges of possession of cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia before Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Christopher Rothgery.

A date for sentencing will be set after the court receives results of a pre-sentence investigation, according to Rothgery’s office.

The most recent charges against Echols, 22, stemmed from a September incident in which he was found by Lorain police at a local motel with drugs, scales and more than $200 cash.

A member of the Lorain-based Members of Blood, or M.O.B. gang, Echols was arrested by police in September after detectives spotted his name on the register of the Erieview Motel at 2800 W. Erie Ave.

Reports at the time said police found money and marijuana on a bed, as well as cocaine in a plastic bag, and Percocet when they entered Echols’ room at his invitation. Crack cocaine later was found in Echols’ pants when he was searched by police, according to police reports.

Echols was among 17 people charged on a variety of drug offenses during a major gang and drug-dealing sting in June 2010.

His previous arrests included one for domestic violence in March 2010. In June 2012, Echols was arrested by Lorain police at a West 18th Street home who found him hiding in a crawl space. He was being sought for a warrant charging him with participating in a criminal gang, a week after he was designated the U.S. Marshals Fugitive of the Week.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.