LORAIN — Police have arrested two men they believe were responsible for distributing "bad" heroin that resulted in at least two recent overdose deaths.
Nicholas Kennedy, 36, of Amherst is charged with trafficking in heroin, and Brett Burnside, 29, of Elyria, is charged with possession of heroin and having weapons under disability, according to Detective A.J. Mathewson.
"Given overdoses and problems with some bad heroin, we worked on locating the source of that bad heroin," Mathewson said. Investigative work led police to Kennedy and Burnside, who were both arrested Friday afternoon, Kennedy in Lorain and Burnside in Elyria, Mathewson said.
Police believe Burnside was bringing in large amounts of heroin from out of state and Kennedy was helping him distribute it.
"We believe this was probably some of the heroin that was causing individuals to overdose" due to it being an exceptionally high grade, Mathewson said.
The city of Lorain had two recent overdose deaths, Mathewson said, although he could not provide details on them.
"This was a good cooperative effort of several different departments," Mathewson said. "We all have the same goal of getting these drugs — especially dangerous drugs — off the street.
The Lorain Police Narcotics & Special Investigations Unit initiated the investigation, Mathewson said, and was assisted by the Lorain County drug task force, Elyria police, the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, Mathewson said.