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Uncle, nephew face drug trafficking charges


ELYRIA — Police searched the home and garage of a suspected nephew-uncle drug trafficking team but didn’t find the two men until they were taken into custody in Cleveland on Tuesday.

Jason Mack, 39, and his uncle, Thomas Mack, 59, both were charged with engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, conspiracy to felony drug trafficking and trafficking in heroin about 9 a.m. Tuesday in the 6900 block of Denison Avenue in Cleveland. Both men are related to convicted sex trafficker Jeremy Mack, who is the brother of Jason and the nephew of Thomas, police said.

The investigation started two months ago as police were looking into possible drug activity by the men.

“They’ve been on our radar for a while,” Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said.

About 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Elyria and Lorain police and the Lorain County SWAT team searched two buildings — the house where police said the Macks were living and the garage where they worked.

Officers didn’t find evidence of drugs or drug trafficking at the house on the 700 block of 18th Street, police said. When they searched the garage at 352 Lowell St., officers found heroin, cocaine, a 2004 Chevy Silverado, money and drug paraphernalia, giving support to their suspicion that the men had been trafficking drugs from the garage.

Two hours after the searches, police arrested the Macks in Cleveland. They were taken to Lorain County Jail, where they were held without bond Tuesday.

Both men have criminal histories in Lorain County. In March, Jason Mack was convicted of three counts of trafficking heroin. In 2007, he was convicted of trafficking cocaine. In 2003, he was convicted of trafficking drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Thomas Mack has faced charges including possession of drugs, felonious assault and breaking and entering.

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

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