LORAIN — Police have arrested another man suspected of trafficking pure fentanyl, a dangerous drug that Lorain police believe was responsible for a rash of overdoses in the county last weekend.
Antwan Taylor, 20, was arrested around 2 p.m. Tuesday during a traffic stop at 1900 Meister Road and charged with aggravated trafficking in drugs, possession of heroin and possession of criminal tools.
Lorain police Detective Buddy Sivert said Taylor had a warrant for his arrest, and a search of his home uncovered 31 grams of a white powder, consistent to what has been sold as heroin over the past few days.
Sivert said lab tests completed by the Lorain County Crime Lab on Tuesday show that the drug is not heroin, however, but pure fentanyl, a narcotic pain reliever.
He said what was found in the home was believed to be the drug that caused 23 overdoses, two of which resulted in deaths, across Lorain County since Friday evening.
Sivert said the newest overdose occurred Monday night after a Lorain man used the drug. Narcan was used to revive him, but Sivert said it didn’t have the desired results.
Narcan is the brand name for naxolone, a synthetic narcotic that works solely on people suffering from opiate overdoses. Since Oct. 12, police in Lorain County have been using the drug as part of a pilot program to decrease opiate-related deaths.
Elyria police arrested a man Sunday afternoon in connection with the investigation, which led officers to believe the drug responsible for the overdoses in Lorain County was “China White,” a potent form of heroin mixed with fentanyl. Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said drug dealers and users had been calling the substance “China White,” though Elyria police are still waiting for the test results to determine whether it is the heroin-based drug.
Siarres Noble, 29, of Elyria, also known as “Sizzle,” was charged Sunday with three counts of drug trafficking and possession of criminal tools after being picked up in the 200 block of Brunswick Drive in Elyria.
Noble was arraigned Tuesday in Elyria Municipal Court, and a preliminary hearing was set for 2 p.m. today.
He remained in Lorain County Jail on a $1.01 million cash or surety bond Tuesday.
Reporter Anna Merriman contributed to this story.