October 10, 2015

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Elyria man arrested on drug charges



ELYRIA – After a monthlong investigation, police searched the home of a suspected cocaine trafficker and found crack cocaine, a handgun and four children inside.

Darell Smallwood, 28, was charged with possession of cocaine, trafficking cocaine and having weapons under disability at his home on 115 Beverly Court around 7:15 a.m. Monday.

The arrest came after a month long investigation by Elyria narcotics police and the North Ridgeville Police Department into Smallwood’s drug activity around Elyria and North Ridgeville, according to Elyria Police Capt. Chris Costantino.

Officers from both police departments executed a search warrant on Monday and found Smallwood in his home with four young children and the children’s mother. Police are not sure if Smallwood is the father of all of the children, Costantino said.

After searching the house police found 50 grams of crack cocaine, an undisclosed amount of money and a handgun.

Smallwood was taken into custody and brought to Lorain County Jail where he is being held without bond until his court date on Jan. 22 at Elyria Municipal Court.

Children Services was contacted to handle the welfare of the children.

“It was a good collaborative effort between the two (police) departments,” Costantino said of Smallwood’s arrest.

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


About Anna Merriman

Anna Merriman is the police reporter for the Chronicle-Telegram. She can be reached at 329-7245 or AMerriman@chroniclet.com.Follow her on Twitter.