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Elyria police arrest five as part of drug-trafficking investigation


ELYRIA — Early Wednesday morning, Elyria police executed three search warrants and arrested five people as part of an investigation into drug-trafficking in Lorain County, which resulted in a rash of weekend overdoses.

Police issued the following charges on Wednesday:

  • Richard Burroughs, 38: trafficking in heroin, trafficking schedule I, possession of oxycodone, tampering with evidence, possessing criminal tools, possession of cocaine and having weapons under disability;
  • Hannah Barbee, 20: two counts of permitting drug abuse and possession of cocaine;
  • Todd Barbee, 22: possession of cocaine;
  • Donald Cannon, 41: drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, possession of schedule III drug, possession of schedule II methadone, possession of heroin, possession of cocaine, trafficking heroin, trafficking cocaine, trafficking marijuana, having weapons under disability;
  • Michael W. Taylor, 30: trafficking in schedule II fentanyl, possession of schedule II Adderall, possession of schedule II oxycodone.

About 7:30 a.m. the Elyria police Narcotics Unit searched the home of Todd Barbee on 606 Foster Ave., after an investigation into drug activity in the house. Police found a handgun in the home and took Barbee into custody.

Todd Barbee’s sister, Hannah, and her boyfriend, Richard Burroughs, who normally live at the Foster Avenue residence were found shortly after Todd Barbee’s arrest at the Best Western Motel at 636 Griswold Road with Hannah’ Barbees 4-year-old daughter, according to police.

Hannah Barbee and Burroughs were staying at the motel because of a fire that broke out at the Foster Avenue house on Sunday, Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said.

At the same time as Todd’s arrest, the Elyria Police Special Response Team searched Cannon’s house at 436 Jefferson St. and took Cannon into custody. Police also found Cannon’s 2-year-old child and four rifles in the house.

After the search, Cannon’s house was condemned by the city of Elyria for unsanitary conditions, including no water, gas or heat and broken floorboards.

Shortly after arresting Cannon, Elyria police executed a third raid at Taylor’s house at 217 Wolf Court and found Taylor with a 7-year-old, a 3-year-old and a 5-year-old in the house. Among other charges, Taylor was charged with trafficking fentynol, which is the drug police believe to be responsible for 23 overdoses around Lorain County last weekend. Taylor was the only one charged for fentanyl trafficking Wednesday morning.

All three searches were the result of separate investigations into drug and trafficking activity at the houses, Costantino said.

All were being held at Lorain County Jail. Taylor is being held on a $500,000 bond. Burroughs, Todd Barbee and Hannah Barbee are being held at Lorain County Jail without bond.

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

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