October 30, 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.


  • Jennifer Williams

    Why was this man out of jail? It seems he is a threat to the community and their lives. I ask again why is he out? This is such crock! 21 overdoses and he is set free to distribute more drugs! Try keeping him in this time! This is what is wrong with this country!

    • Jennifer Williams

      I know people who got prison time for marijuana (which yes is illegal) but is not as dangerous as heroin and fentanyl and this whack-o is set free to deal again! What the F!

      • BITTERCLINGER36

        No you don’t. Up to 100grams is a minor misdemeanor(a ticket). If you do, the people you know who got prison time for marijuana would have been dealing or transporting massive amounts of it. The “people in prison for weed” line is a myth that dope smokers use to try to legalize or at least de-criminalize marijuana. As far as him getting out, it is called bond, and just about everyone gets a bond amount, the exception being the most extreme of violent crimes.

        • karenwilliamsfoley

          Maybe bond should be set higher and he should be charged with manslaughter for the part he played in the overdose deaths.

          • BITTERCLINGER36

            Check the Anderson’s online Ohio Revised Code, there really isn’t anything applicable that could be used to justify a higher bond.

        • KZ14

          My Sister was one who died, did she get a bond amount? Then shut your mouth no it all

          • BITTERCLINGER36

            No, I won’t shut my mouth. The fact that your sister died does not change the law nor does it give you the right to demand silence from others. I don’t like drugs and I loathe those that sell them, but the fact is that he did not kill your sister.

          • Nick Noneya

            And the guy that shot someone didn’t do it…. The gun did it!!

          • BITTERCLINGER36

            No, the guy that shot someone, shot someone using a gun. If you steal my gun and shoot someone the fault lies with you, not me or my gun. If you steal my gun and shoot yourself that is your fault. .

          • KZ14

            Wait until it happens in your family then give me your opinion unless you are all perfect

          • BITTERCLINGER36

            Or you could avoid opinion forums until your grief eases.

    • Triston Henderson

      He’s out of jail because he was able to post his $100,000 bond. I mean he really shouldn’t have been allowed back on the streets but its my understanding that if he’s not a flight risk he has to be offered bond. This is our system….

      • Jennifer Williams

        will he be able to get out again now? I hope not.

        • Brandon Delph

          Yes he has a bond. Read the article lol

  • Jeff

    Not sure which is dumber…..This idiot or the courts for not locking him up the first time

    • BITTERCLINGER36

      Most of the criminal justice system would prefer that he and every other criminal be locked up. The reality is that the system must prioritize do to available resources. There will never be enough money, manpower, or space to lock them all up. Just the reality of life.

  • bigmacky

    stupid is as stupid does

  • Larry Crnobrnja

    Lorain County has some of the dumbest judges in the country.

  • Sue

    Don’t let him out this time! duh!

    • Triston Henderson

      They didn’t just let him out, he posted his bond. And he does have the right to bond from what I understand.

      • Mark B

        So why not set a 1 million dollar bond ?
        That was the bond for the guy at the phone store for selling counterfit merchandise . But not a repeat drug dealer !

        • BITTERCLINGER36

          Because bond can’t be used as punishment and excessive bond would be considered that. There is a bond schedule that sets the rates and judges rarely alter that without reason.

          • karenwilliamsfoley

            Obviously now they have reason to raise the bond.

          • BITTERCLINGER36

            What would that be? Say you get arrested for theft today and the bond is $1000. If you get arrested again tomorrow for theft the bond for the new charges is $1000. It is the Bond schedule.

  • Willie Jenkins

    It’s about money they let him out to bust him again. It seems they assumed he was slow ,and knew they could pick him right back up. They were correct. Arrest ,and hold the skank drug addict too.

    • Bob Sweatt

      She needs someone to smack that smirk off her face.

      • BITTERCLINGER36

        Who should?

    • BITTERCLINGER36

      Wow, you really don’t know anything. Who is “they”? The courts or the cops? The courts don’t bust anyone and I would bet my left pinky the cops would rather he stay incarcerated and not have to “bust” him again. They don’t get paid by the arrest and it costs way more to prosecute and or incarcerate a person than the system will ever recover from a criminal.

      • Willie Jenkins

        It’s called detective work…to bust more people. Investigative strategies to find more drugs ,and more addicts. Maybe I should have Initially stated that. I assumed people knew this. Most people do ,but obviously not all.

        • BITTERCLINGER36

          Perhaps I am slow, but it would seem to me that detective work that was used to trace the lethal drugs and then got him arrested, and that they would not want him back out…..I guess I am too dim witted to understand your initial statement that it is about money and they ley him out to bust him again. He got out because he posted bond, no body let him out.

          • Willie Jenkins

            The money probably was not there main concern ,but it doesn’t hurt. I doubt neighbors called for suspicious activity. They released him ,and tracked his every move. To attempt to get the big fish ,and more fentanyl off the streets. Junkies will give up there dealer every time. Now they can trace Mrs.Simko ,and hopefully find even more fentanyl dealers ,and junkies. The initial bond wasn’t set low by coincidence. I certainly don’t know everything no one does. It just makes sense.

          • BITTERCLINGER36

            The police do not set bond levels. There is a bond schedule and judges can modify that at the request of a defense attorney or the prosecutor. It can go up or down.

  • Mike wowk

    Make all this crap legal. If people are stupid enough to take poison… then let them. Seems like a good way to thin the herd of really stupid people who contribute NOTHING to society and I’m gonna go out on a limb here and assume sponge off of the rest of us taxbpayers.

    yes…… I know I’m a horrible person

    • Brandon Delph

      There’s other countries that are like this. And it works out very well for them

    • stop ur whining

      couldn’t have said it better. without junkies drug dealers do not exist.

      • karenwilliamsfoley

        Without drug dealers there wouldn’t be junkies.

        • stop ur whining

          you understand how supply and demand works correct?

        • Triston Henderson

          No without drug dealers there would just be a bunch of junkies making their own drugs…

    • Rebecca BigBeck Flowers

      agreed

  • fox20

    CLEARLY HE NEEDS TO DO SOME TIME ! GIVE HIM MAX IN COUNTY ! PRISON ISNT REALLY THE CALL FOR THIS BUT MAX TIME IN COUNTY JAIL DOES ! MAYBE A YEAR OF COUNTY WILL MIX HIS GAME UP A LITTLE !

  • Danyel Hite Bailey

    People overdosed and died, his bond should have been much higher to begin with.

    • Mike wowk

      He isn’t forcing any of these junkie idiots to inject his drugs. Play STUPID games……win STUPID prizes

    • BITTERCLINGER36

      As much as I don’t like drug dealers, he didn’t kill them. They killed themselves with their own decisions. I am not opposing your belief, just pointing it out.

  • Brandy Lynn

    That’s what happens when you let heroin dealers out on a bond.

    • BITTERCLINGER36

      Everyone is entitled to a bond, unless a judge determines otherwise. Not debating you, just saying.

      • Brandy Lynn

        I know, that is why the judges should not issue bonds for these offenses.

        • Dave Sommers

          It saves taxpayers a few bucks is about the only positive I can think of. Probably better to handcuff them to an old ship and set them out to sea.

  • Jeff

    Put all the criminals together on a deserted island in the pacific , give them all glocks and 2 mags apiece and let them fight it out. kinda like Alcatraz but with guns and no guards

  • Donmega

    What if they had a baby-OMG that baby would be so ugly.

  • KZ14

    He’s laughing alright because you idots’ let him out, he could be responsible for how many deaths? Good thing you busted Simko or else she’d be dead. Great justice system, he’d still be in jail if he owed child support. By the way where do these people work? Or are we supporting them?

  • oldruss

    If he was using the Surf Road property as his base of operations, perhaps it should be subject to forfeiture as part and parcel of his illegal drug sales activity. His mother is complicit in the illegal drug sales, having provided him with a place from which to run his drug operation, AFTER he was arrested the first time in November on aggravated trafficking charges and released on bail.

  • proccw

    he IS laughing in the faces of the police because he knows there will be no consequences when he goes to court. why would a judge even let him have bond when people were dying from what he was selling?