December 21, 2014

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Men allegedly sold drugs in library parking lot

LORAIN – Two men were charged this week after police allegedly found them selling drugs in the parking lot of a public library.

Malik Lee, 18, was charged with trafficking drugs, possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal conveyance and possession of criminal tools. Qudavis Lewis, 20, was charged with possession of cocaine, permitting drug abuse, possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal conveyance into the jail around 1 p.m. on the 300 block of Sixth Street near Lorain Public Library.

According to Lorain police Sgt. Tom Nimon, police had been investigating Lee’s activity for a few weeks before the arrest after they received a tip that Lee had been trafficking heroin.

On Wednesday, officers saw Lee and Lewis in the parking lot of the library. Lee was selling drugs out of a car with Lewis driving, Nimon said. When Lewis started to leave the parking lot, officers took him and Lee into custody.

Both men were told to turn over any drugs they had before they were brought to jail but they denied having any, according to Nimon.

Lee and Lewis were both searched at Lorain City Jail and charged with illegal conveyance of drugs after officers found one gram of heroin hidden in Lee’s underwear and two grams of cocaine hidden in Lewis’ underwear, Nimon said.

They were brought to Lorain County Jail, where they were being held without bond on Friday.

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