December 18, 2014

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Man charged with trafficking fentanyl arrested again

Antwan Taylor

Antwan Taylor

LORAIN — A man who was charged with trafficking fentanyl a month ago was arrested again Tuesday when police said they caught him in the middle of an alleged drug deal.

Antwan Taylor, 20, of Lorain, was charged with possession of heroin, possession of criminal tools and two counts of trafficking drugs Tuesday about 11 a.m. in a parking lot at 4611 Meister Road.

Police said they found Taylor allegedly selling heroin to Crystal Simko, 28, of Lorain. Simko was charged with possessing criminal tools and possessing drug abuse instruments, according to police.

Tuesday’s arrest was another incident in a series of drug-related offenses for Taylor.

A month ago, the 20-year-old rose to the forefront of an investigation into drug trafficking in Lorain County after 21 people overdosed on opiate-based drugs in early November.

Crystal Simko

Crystal Simko

On Nov. 12, Taylor was charged with aggravated trafficking when police allegedly found 31 grams of fentanyl — the drug police believe is primarily responsible for the overdoses — in his home.

When Taylor was released from jail in November, he moved in with his mother at 3112 Surf Road, and police received a tip that he allegedly started dealing drugs soon after his release.

“He was obviously not learning his lesson,” Lorain police Sgt. Tom Nimon said.

When they started receiving calls from neighbors about Taylor’s suspicious activity around the area, police started watching the apartment on Surf Road and soon got warrants to arrest Taylor and search his apartment.

While doing surveillance Tuesday, police saw Taylor leave the apartment on Surf Road and drive around the corner to an apartment complex where Simko got into his car.

Taylor and Simko were in the middle of an alleged drug transaction when police drove up and arrested them both, according to Nimon. After searching Taylor’s house, police found a few thousand dollars worth of heroin, Nimon said.

For police, the arrest of a repeat drug trafficker is bittersweet.

“It’s as if he’s laughing in the face of the justice system,” Nimon said, adding that he hopes the court will revoke Taylor’s bond this time around.

Simko and Taylor are both being held in Lorain County Jail. Simko has a bond of $3,500, and her next court date is 9 a.m. Wednesday at Lorain Municipal Jail. Taylor is being held on a $100,000 bond until his court date 1 p.m. Thursday at Lorain Municipal Jail.

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