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Elyria police seize thousands in money, suspected drugs; two arrested

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    Tony Carter, left, and Chanel Grantham, right, were arrested by Elyria police on drug charges.

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    Elyria police show money and electronic equipment seized in a drug investigation.

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ELYRIA – Two people who police say are fairly high level drug dealers were arrested Monday with thousands of dollars worth of heroin, fentanyl and ecstasy in their possession.

Tony Carter, 28, of 17th Street, Elyria, and Chanel Grantham, 29, of Bunker Hill Lane, are charged with trafficking heroin, possession of heroin, possession of MDMA (commonly known as ecstasy), possessing criminal tools and drug paraphernalia.

The pair was arrested at 5:30 p.m. in the Midway Mall parking lot with Carter having two outstanding indictments issued by the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office for trafficking heroin.

Capt. Chris Costantino said the Elyria Police Narcotics Unit used a search warrant prior to the arrests to go through a storage unit belonging to Carter and Grantham on Lowell Street where detectives found a large amount of heroin, fentanyl and cash.

During the arrests, detectives searched the 2011 Ford Edge the couple were driving and the house they live in on Bunker Hill Lane, where the ecstasy and more money was found along with drug scales, many cell phones and packaging material for the sale and distribution of the drugs, police said.

In total, the narcotics unit seized about 67 grams of a heroin-fentanyl mix valued at $10,000; 60 grams of ecstasy valued at $7,000; and $9,647 in cash. Police also took control of the couple’s car and may seek forfeiture of their home, pending a grand jury inquiry, police said.

At the time of the arrest, Carter was out on a $250,000 cash bond for numerous drug-related offenses. Since Carter’s release from jail, Costantino said, he was indicted twice by the grand jury for trafficking heroin. In September and October, he also was indicted by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office for felony possession of drugs.

Carter and Grantham are being held at the Lorain County Jail without bond and were expected to be arraigned this morning.

Carter has drug charges going back to 2007 and is well known to police.

“This is a guy that, a big portion of his life is selling drugs,” Costantino said. “He’s showing that time and time again every time he gets out of jail, he sells drugs. It’s a revolving cycle and this guy is a perfect example of our frustration.”

Contact Jodi Weinberger at 329-7245 or jweinberger@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @Jodi_Weinberger.



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