December 21, 2014

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3 family members charged in drug ring

Toby Lewis

Toby Lewis

Thomas Mack

Thomas Mack

ELYRIA — Three family members have been indicted in connection with a heroin and cocaine trafficking operation that Elyria police broke up in May.

Jason Mack, 40, faces charges of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, possession of criminal tools, trafficking in heroin and cocaine, possession of heroin and cocaine, conspiracy and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Mack’s uncle, Thomas Mack, 58, is charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, trafficking in heroin and conspiracy.

A third family member, Toby Lewis, 19, is charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, possession of criminal tools, trafficking in heroin and cocaine, possession of heroin and cocaine and conspiracy. Lewis also faces multiple weapons charged, including possession a defaced firearm.

Elyria police arrested both Macks in Cleveland following raids on two Elyria homes, on 18th and Lowell streets.

Heroin, cocaine, a 2004 Chevy Silverado, money and other items seized during the raids, gave credence to suspicions officers had that the men had been dealing drugs out of the garage, police have said.

The three men are all related to Jeremy Mack, who was sentenced to life in prison earlier this year on sex trafficking and drug trafficking charges he was convicted of in federal court. Mack had been accused of forcing young women into the sex trade using drugs, violence and threats to control them.

Court documents indicate that Lewis, who is Mack’s son, was involved in his father’s operation as well.

Lewis was sentenced to 3½ years in state prison on drug and weapons charges stemming from multiple incidents, including his arrest during the 2013 raid that led to the arrest of his father.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @BradDickenCT.