December 21, 2014

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Seven people arrested in Lorain drug sweep

LORAIN — After months of investigation into drug use around Lorain, police charged seven people with drug trafficking Wednesday and issued warrants for three more suspected traffickers.

From 7 a.m. until 2 p.m., Lorain police and U.S. marshals served the warrants for drug trafficking and drug-related offenses around Lorain and searched houses they say were associated with drug use. Those charged are:

  • Kevin Clark, 35, of 3235 Grove Ave., charged with trafficking cocaine;
  • Miguel Collazo, 25, of 2643 McKinley St., charged with possession of heroin, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, endangering children and was served with a domestic violence warrant;
  • Joshua Smith, 26, of 2129 W. 24th St., was charged with trafficking cocaine, having weapons under disability, receiving stolen property, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia;
  • Suheily Suarez, 28, of 2643 McKinley St., charged with possession of heroin, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering children;
  • Robert Widman, 47, of 326 Nebraska Ave., was charged with trafficking drugs.
  • Darell Williams, 23, of 2547 E. 32nd St., charged with trafficking heroin;
  • Tracy Williams, 45, of 1164 W. Seventh St., charged with trafficking cocaine.

Police also issued warrants for three men they weren’t able to find during the sweep. Police are looking for James Davis, 49, and Reynaldo Velazquez, 31, for cocaine trafficking charges and Michael Toney III, 21, for a heroin trafficking charge.

Lorain police Sgt. Tom Nimon said that besides Collazo and Suarez, who are dating, there doesn’t seem to be a connection between any of the other men arrested or wanted.

The sweep lasted for about seven hours, and police searched three houses and found more than $3,000 among them, as well as children and drugs. At Smith’s house, police said they found a stolen Smith & Wesson handgun as well as Smith’s 5-year-old son. The son was released to the care of family members.

When police searched the home of Collazo and Suarez, they said they found money, heroin, cocaine and ammunition along with the couple’s three small children, who were given to the care of family members.

Though police couldn’t find Toney, they did search his house at 1430 W. 19th St. and found a shotgun and a small revolver, Nimon said. Police are checking to see if the two weapons have been reported stolen.

The arrests were a result of almost seven months of investigation. Nimon said that police wanted to issue the warrants earlier in the month but recent overdoses from the pain drug fentanyl around Lorain County forced police to put the investigation on hold.

The sweep Wednesday was not likely connected to the rash of fentanyl overdoses a few weeks ago, Nimon said.

“I do not believe we recovered anything consistent with fentanyl,” Nimon said, adding that all of the drugs recovered in Wednesday’s arrests will be sent to the Lorain County Crime Lab to be analyzed.

Nimon said that anyone who knows where Velazquez, Davis and Toney are should call Lorain Police Narcotics Detectives at (440) 204-2108.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com.