November 28, 2014


Two Elyria men arrested in drug bust





ELYRIA — A drug bust Thursday led to two arrests and to police finding a family struggling to keep warm by a stove in an adjacent apartment that was without heat and running water.

Anthony Reel, 24, and John Williams, 24, were charged with possession of Klonopin, marijuana, Xanax and drug paraphernalia as a result of the 8 a.m. search at 310 S. Maple St.

Reel was also charged with possession of criminal tools and two counts of trafficking marijuana.

The arrests came after a short investigation into Reel and Williams’ alleged drug activity around Elyria. About 8 a.m. Thursday, Elyria police searched Reel and Williams’ apartment in a duplex on South Maple Street and found Reel and Williams upstairs and two other people unrelated to the investigation downstairs, according to Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino.

In the house, police found a handgun and a long gun, prescription pills, digital scales and drug paraphernalia like pipes, Costantino said. They also found marijuana that was packaged to be resold, he said.

When police searched the yard behind the apartment they found two small pit bull puppies and contacted the Friendship Animal Protective League because it seemed too cold for dogs to be left outside, Costantino said.

Police also checked an apartment on the other side of the duplex, too.

Inside the second apartment, they found a man and a woman living with several children in poor conditions, Costantino said. The family had no running water or heat and were trying to warm themselves by the heat from their stove, Costantino said.

Police called Children Services to investigate the situation, and Kevin Brubaker, senior manager for the Elyria Building Department, who determined the house was condemned. The family was removed from the apartment and police began an investigation, according to Costantino. They are now staying with family, he said.

Reel and Williams were being held at Lorain County Jail until a court hearing at 9 a.m. Monday in Elyria Municipal Court. Reel has a bond of $9,940, while Williams has a bond of $2,440.

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

  • jz

    Stick em outside half naked for a few days. Right where the puppies were.

  • Toad

    Toad know these mens. they good men. So they have a gun, who does not have a gun.

    • Jennifer Williams

      They must sell Toad his drugs…. Or they all went to school together. Keep these men off the streets.

      • Toad

        Toad dont do no drugs and these mens were not on the street they were in their house

        • Jasper

          Off the streets doesn’t mean…

          Never mind. Go get high.

          • Jennifer Williams

            Wow! Just wow! Toad don’t know any better. I love when people just do not understand but keep spilling stupidity all over the place :)

          • Toad

            dr. Toad is not stupid !! You all work to pay for my house my food my cell phone my medical bills an even my water now who is stupid ??

          • Toad

            i even have cabel and you pay for it thank you obama you are the man!!

          • Jennifer Williams

            Way to out yourself for abusing the system as most scum bags do and then brag about it. I am sure if I am paying for it you live in a nice safe neighborhood with no crime rate? I am sure it is very luxurious too. Maybe you should get off your dead A$$ and go back to school and get educated Dr. Toad since you get free Cable (learn how to spell cable). I am sure we are paying for your internet to spread stupidity. Lucky us hard working men and women who have to struggle to put food on our tables. I cannot wait for the day Ohio starts drug testing for welfare assistance then BUMS like you will be forced to find jobs to support yourself.

          • Toad

            as long as it is given to me i take it why work if a man does not need too i get more now than ever thanks you mr. obama

            toad does not do drugs either me and my friends are thinkers we get up early and think all day long elyria is a nice city and very easy to live in with no work lots of people to help us you are the stupid one because you keep payin me when you stop i will have to find a job they say just vote for demokrats and life will b good

          • Jennifer Williams

            YOU ARE NOT A MAN or THEE MAN. plain and simple YOU ARE AN IDIOT.

          • beety

            Never argue with fools… from a distance nobody can tell which one is which…