December 19, 2014

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Police: Members of suspected heroin trafficking organization arrested

Lorain County Chief Deputy Dennis Cavanaugh, left, Elyria police detective James Welsh, Lorain police detective Tim Thompson, and Lorain police Sgt. Tom Nimon speak at a press conference on the drug arrests made on Wednesday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Lorain County Chief Deputy Dennis Cavanaugh, left, Elyria police detective James Welsh, Lorain police detective Tim Thompson, and Lorain police Sgt. Tom Nimon speak at a press conference on the drug arrests made on Wednesday. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

LORAIN – The breakup of a Lorain County drug ring this week led to seven arrests and the largest amount of heroin police have ever seized in Lorain.

George Seymore

George Seymore

Robert Young

Robert Young

Washington

Tyshun Washington

On Wednesday police arrested seven members of a suspected “heroin trafficking organization” in Lorain County and seized over a kilo of heroin in the process, according to police.

  • Wayne Norris, 27, 300 block of Brittany Lane, Elyria, was charged with engaging in pattern of corrupt activity and two counts of trafficking in drugs.
  • George Seymore, 38, 3400 block of Dallas Avenue, Lorain, charged with engaging in pattern of corrupt activity and two counts of trafficking in drugs.
  • Robert Young, 51, 300 block of Brittany Lane, Elyria, charged with engaging in pattern of corrupt activity and two counts of trafficking in drugs.
  • Stacy Norris, 28, 700 block of Delaware Avenue, Elyria, charged with conspiracy.
  • Pamela Pearson, 46, 400 block of Third Street, Elyria, charged with conspiracy.
  • Tyshun Washington, 28, 300 block of Washington Avenue, Elyria, charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and two counts of trafficking in drugs.
  • Amber Zajac, 23, 3900 block of Gary Avenue, Lorain, charged with conspiracy.
Pamela Pearson

Pamela Pearson

Stacy Jo Norris

Stacy Jo Norris

Zajac

Zajac

The arrests come after a year-long investigation into what police called a “large-scale heroin trafficking organization” in a press release Wednesday.

On Wednesday, police from Lorain, Elyria, the Lorain County Drug Task Force, West Shore Enforcement Bureau and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, executed 12 search warrants in Lorain and Cuyahoga counties and arrested the seven people in Lorain County for their connection to the trafficking organization.

Though police searched some homes and businesses in Cuyahoga County, Lorain police Sgt. Tom Nimon said that most of the drug trafficking activity is believed to have occurred in Lorain County.

Along with the arrests, police seized over a kilo of heroin, which was the largest heroin seizure in Lorain history, Nimon said at a press conference on Thursday morning.

Wayne Norris

Wayne Norris

Nimon said that the seven arrested were connected to a drug organization led by “kingpin” Wayne Norris. Norris’ wife, Stacy Norris, and his mother, Pearson, were also arrested in connection to the organization.

“(Wayne Norris) was somebody that we targeted. … We’ve been after him since 2012,” Elyria police Sgt. Jim Welsh said at the press conference.

Norris was previously arrested for trafficking heroin in Elyria in 2012 and for possession of drugs in Lorain in 2005.

“He felt that he was above the law,” Elyria Police Capt. Chris Costantino said, adding that Norris and the others arrested Wednesday have been “linked together for a while.”

Costantino said that Elyria Police, Lorain Police and the Lorain County Drug Task force are working together to continue investigating drug trafficking in Lorain County.

“It would be naïve to think that this is going to stop the problem, but it will probably put a dent in the sale of heroin in this area for a while,” Costantino said of the arrests.

All seven people were taken to Lorain Municipal Court on Thursday. Wayne Norris, Stacy Norris, Pearson, Zajac and Seymore were being held in Lorain County Jail on Thursday afternoon

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