December 22, 2014

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One arrested, one sought after drug raids in Lorain

Members of the Lorain SWAT team remove their gear at the police station after a pair of raids Tuesday. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

Members of the Lorain SWAT team remove their gear at the police station after a pair of raids Tuesday. BRUCE BISHOP/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — During a search for a suspected heroin trafficker in Lorain Tuesday morning, police arrested the man’s girlfriend who allegedly was attempting to bury a bag of drugs in her yard.

Purity Mealing

Purity Mealing

Damian Robertson

Damian Robertson

Police were still searching for Damian Robertson, 39, who they believe has been trafficking heroin in Lorain. They charged Robertson’s girlfriend, Purity Mealing, 27, with possession and trafficking of cocaine and heroin about 10 a.m. at her home Tuesday.

Police executed a search warrant at Robertson’s apartment at 1204 W. 13th St. about 8 a.m. Tuesday following a two-week investigation into Robertson’s alleged drug trafficking.

Police couldn’t find Robertson but found a gun, scales, plastic bags, syringes and grinders, all of which they believe were used for trafficking drugs, after searching his apartment.

“These are numerous,” Lorain police Detective Tom Nimon said of the trafficking tools. “There wasn’t just one grinder.”

In addition to the tools and gun, police found evidence that Robertson may have been making crack or heroin in the apartment, according to Nimon.

When they were unable to find Robertson, police went to his girlfriend’s house about 10 a.m. There, they saw Mealing climbing through a window into her backyard, where she knelt down and attempted to bury a bag in the ground, according to Nimon.

Police confiscated the bag and found two handguns, a syringe, 15 grams of heroin and more than 70 grams of cocaine inside the house.

The gun found at Robertson’s apartment — a Hurst pistol — is commonly known as a “cop killer.” It’s a rare gun which police believe may have been stolen recently from Avon Lake, according to Nimon.

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