ELYRIA — A suspect on probation for weapons-related charges was arrested Monday for allegedly selling heroin from his home near Elyria High School.
Elyria Police Capt. Chris Costantino said police have been searching for 25-year-old Bradley Watkins for weeks after making several undercover drug buys from him. Police received a tip that Watkins was in the area, and he was located walking near Greely Street and Longford Avenue around 11:40 a.m. Monday, Costantino said.
When confronted by a detective, Watkins ran through several back yards on Longford Avenue, according to police. He was apprehended after losing his footing, Costantino said.
Watkins was charged with three counts of trafficking in heroin and one count each of trafficking in cocaine, possession of criminal tools and obstructing official business.
Costantino said one of the trafficking in heroin charges was upgraded to a higher felony because Watkins was selling heroin from his home at 308 9 th St., approximately 1,000 feet from Elyria High School.
“When he was told about the upgraded charge of selling heroin, he was surprised, because he said he checked that out beforehand, and he believed he was more than 1,000 feet from the school,” he said.
When Watkins was arrested, he was found with $422 in cash in his pocket, according to police.
Costantino said Watkins’ arrest was the result of an ongoing investigation after his release on bond for various weapons-related charges.
Police believe Watkins was responsible for three separate shootings in Elyria with Terrell “ToodaB” Fennell. The shootings occurred Aug. 9 in the 1100 block of Melvyn Lane, at Paul’s Beverage Warehouse on Sept. 20 and at Red Roof Inn on Sept. 22.
Watkins was arrested Sept. 22 at Fennell’s apartment for having a weapon under disability. He was originally charged with felonious assault and having weapons under disability, but he pleaded guilty to having weapons under disability and discharging a firearm near prohibited premises, according to court records.