May 4, 2016


Elyria police arrest alleged drug dealer

Paulla Degraphenreed

Paulla Degraphenreed

Antonio Ward

Antonio Ward

ELYRIA – Police searched the home of an alleged drug dealer on Wednesday to find the man inside with his girlfriend, three children and 15 grams of crack cocaine.

Antonio Ward, 31, was charged with two counts of trafficking cocaine, possession of cocaine, criminal tools, drug paraphernalia, marijuana and two illegal WIC benefits cards around 5 a.m. on Wednesday at his apartment on 213 Brunswick Drive.

Ward’s girlfriend, Paulla Degraphenreed, 23, was charged with permitting drug abuse

Police initially started investigating Ward – whose street name is “boy boy” – a month ago, after they received complaints about unusual activity at his apartment.

When they served search warrants at the apartment early Wednesday, they found Ward inside with his 10-year-old child, his girlfriend and her two children ages 3 and 6, according to Elyria Police Capt. Chris Costantino.

Costantino said police searched the apartment and found 15 grams of crack cocaine, 5 grams of marijuana, drug scales, items to package drugs and two laptops which they believe were stolen.

Children Services was called and the three children were released to a family member, according to Costantino.

Degraphenreed was issued a summons to appear in court for the incident.

Ward was transported to the Lorain County Jail where he is being held without bond until his hearing at 9 a.m. on Thursday at Elyria Municipal Court.

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

About Anna Merriman

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