September 19, 2014

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Couple, heroin, 2 kids found in apartment

ELYRIA — Police searched the home of a suspected drug user and found a man living with his wife and two young children in an apartment without heat or electricity, according to a police report.

Jason K. Murphy, 26, was charged with possession of drug abuse instruments and drug paraphernalia around 12:30 p.m. Monday at his apartment in the 600 block of Abbe Road.

Police went to Murphy’s apartment after his neighbors complained that the 26-year-old was using drugs, and that his utilities had recently been turned off, according to a police report. When police arrived, they met Murphy, his wife and the couple’s two young children. Murphy told police he had just used heroin minutes before police arrived and that he had syringes, scales and a spoon with heroin residue on it in the apartment, police said.

Murphy let police search the apartment where they found the spoon along with two used syringes, three digital scales, marijuana and marijuana pipes, according to the report.

Police also noticed that there was no electricity and that an electrical cord was running from inside the living room to a window in the apartment next door, according to the report.

Officers also saw a termination notice from Columbia Gas dated a week ago, according to the report.

Elyria Building Superintendant Kevin Brubaker inspected the apartment and deemed it uninhabitable because of the lack of utilities.

The two children and their mother went to stay with a family member in Grafton, according to the report.

Murphy was taken to the Lorain County Jail where he was being held on a $2,500 bond Wednesday. He is scheduled to appear 9 a.m. April 28 in Elyria Municipal Court.