December 21, 2014

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Several arrested during drug investigation in Elyria

Anthony Smith

Anthony Smith

Tameka James

Tameka James

ELYRIA — A drug investigation led to several arrests last weekend after two search warrants were executed in the city.

The Elyria Police Narcotics Unit and Neighborhood Impact Unit searched 22 Potomac Lane on Friday. As a result, two individuals were arrested.

Anthony Smith, 25, was charged with three counts of trafficking in cocaine and one count each of having weapons under disability, possession of criminal tools and drug paraphernalia. He was taken to Lorain County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

Tameka James, 21, was charged with permitting drug abuse and possession of criminal tools and was released on a personal bond to appear in court Monday.

During this search, detective seized crack cocaine, a handgun, money and a vehicle, according to a news release from the Elyria Police Department.

Tony Carter

Tony Carter

Chanel Grantham

Chanel Grantham

Brandon Wright

Brandon Wright

A search of a residence at 667 Weller Road led to several arrests after the seizure of heroin, drug paraphernalia, money and a vehicle.

Police charged Tony Carter Jr., 24, with four counts of trafficking heroin and one count each of possession of heroin, possession of criminal tools and drug paraphernalia. He was taken to Lorain County Jail with no bond, and appeared in court Monday.

Chanel Grantham, 25, was charged with permitting drug abuse and possession of criminal tools and was released on a personal summons to appear in court Monday.

Brandon Wright, 22, who also is scheduled to appear in court Monday, was charged with possession of heroin. Police said Wright was arrested just before the search after detectives observed him exchange money with Carter for drugs.

Elyria Police Capt. Chris Costantino said Carter was out on bond for a felonious assault charge.

Police arrested Carter in September for allegedly shooting Andre Jackson in the leg during an argument with another man. Police have said they do not believe Jackson was the intended target of the shooting.

Costantino said the investigation began as a result of complaints by residents. He encouraged those with drug-related complaints to call the police department at (440) 323-5123 or (440) 322-7264.

All complaints can remain anonymous, he said.

“We’re not waiting for things to happen. We’re going after problems and attacking them,” Costantino said.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.