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2 face federal drug charges

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    Manuel Latorre


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    Tony Carter



Two Lorain county men were charged in federal court for crimes related to the trafficking of opioids, according to law enforcement officials.

Manuel Latorre, 26, of Lorain, was named in a two-count indictment after allegedly possessing more than 9 grams of carfentanil this year with the intent to sell, according to a news release from the Department of Justice.

Tony Carter, 28, of Elyria, was charged in a criminal complaint with possession with intent to distribute a mix of fentanyl and heroin. Carter was out on bond from Lorain County Common Pleas Court when he committed the new offense, according to court records.

The charges were announced by U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman, Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Stephen Anthony, Drug Enforcement Agency Special Agent in Charge Timothy Plancon, Elyria police Chief Duane Whitely, Lorain police Chief Cel Rivera and Lorain County Sheriff Phil Stammitti.

“These arrests and indictments make the citizens of Lorain County safer,” Lorain police Capt. Roger Watkins said.

The charges represent the continuation of a coordinated effort on behalf of federal, state and local law enforcement to target those who sell illegal opioid narcotics in Lorain County, according to the release.

“The drugs involved in these cases could have wiped out a city block,” Herdman said. “We will continue to work together and seek prison sentences for those who sell the drugs that kill our friends and neighbors.”

The coordinated effort already has led to other individuals being indicted and prosecuted in federal court, the Department of Justice said.

  •  Octavious Smith was sentenced in March to 20 years in federal prison for distribution of cocaine and heroin and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
  •  Jason Vasquez, 37, of Lorain, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for trafficking heroin in Lorain County, as well as being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
  •  Anetaeus Spencer, 33, of Lorain, was sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for being a felon in possession of ammunition and several firearms, as well as selling heroin and crack cocaine.
  •  Siarres Nobel, 29, of Elyria, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for distributing heroin and fentanyl, including fentanyl that caused the death of an Elyria resident.
  •  Anthony Paul Montoy, 40, and Fred Alson, 60, both of Elyria, were convicted of conspiracy to distribute kilograms of cocaine in Lorain County. Montoy was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison and Alston was sentenced to eight years in federal prison.

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