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.