August 22, 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.

  • Sis Delish

    This is a fascinating story.

  • golfingirl

    Such a nice family.

    I bet their family reunions were a “hoot.”

    At least for those who were out on parole and could attend.

    • Bob

      They look like they go to the reunions to meet girls. LOL

      • golfingirl

        More like to “steal” girls.

        Oh well… the family that “preys” together, stays together.

  • kimberly

    keep up the great job on removing this evil drug heroin !!!! They all need some form of rehabilitation, so they can be productive to their community than destroy the community and all their family and friends !!!!

  • Sis Delish

    Nepotism in drug dealing is no different than Nepotism in City/County Government.

  • golfingirl

    Toby’s father was sentenced to life.

    The only way he can be with him is if he is also incarcerated.

    It was the love for his father that was responsible for his actions.

    Toby just wants to share Father’s Day with his dad and tell him what a wonderful father he was.

    Talk about a dysfunctional family!

  • zhyn

    These idiots need to stay in jail,heroin is taking over lorain..not that they will mind prision..the state gives u 20$ a month for being locked up,not to mention the “gate pay” you get for being in jail i believe 1 year you get 80$ at the door, the longer you do the higher the gate pay..not to mention cable tv,gambling,drugs,ext ext..some people wont change. Throw away the key. A defaced firearm I believe that should be a federal case..hmm

    • golfingirl

      It is a felony, but not a federal crime.

      The definition of defacing a firearm varies by state.

      In New York, a man was arrested for painting over the serial number, just to change the color of a .22, even though the serial number was still visible!