ELYRIA — Elyria police arrested a suspected drug dealer and his uncle Saturday afternoon following a monthlong investigation that included an Elyria apartment being used as a drug den.
Kenneth Bernard Ward Jr., is facing multiple felonies including trafficking cocaine, a second-degree felony; possession of cocaine, a second-degree felony; trafficking in fentanyl, a fourth-degree felony; possession of fentanyl, a fifth-degree felony; possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony and possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor. Ward is being held without bond in the Lorain County Jail.
According to Elyria police, Ward is on probation with the Lorain County Probation Department. Ward is also suspected to be the dealer that supplied drugs in a recent overdose, but no charges have been filed in that.
Ward’s most recent charges stem from a raid around 1:30 p.m. Saturday of an apartment at 1454 West River Road. The apartment is rented in the name of Ward’s uncle, Wallace Carey. Police said Carey allowed Ward to use his apartment to sell drugs on a daily basis while Ward lived at 207 Whitman Blvd. with his girlfriend. Police charged Carey with permitting drug use, a fifth-degree felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.
When police arrived at the apartment Saturday, they found Ward sitting at a dining room table and Carey sitting on a living room couch inside the apartment.
Police said they found a black velvet bag in Ward’s pants containing multiple bags of cocaine and fentanyl along with a small digital scale. According to police, Ward said the bags contained crack cocaine, powder cocaine and what he believed to be heroin. He also had $380 in cash in his front pants pocket. Police said there was also a small bag of marijuana on the dining room table.
The cocaine weighed by police was greater than 20 grams, but less than 27 grams. The fentanyl was approximately 6 grams and the marijuana weighed approximately 6 grams.
Other items taken from the apartment included a cell phone police believe was Ward’s “drug phone,” a second digital scale, a marijuana grinder and Seven Star powder, which police said is a supplement that is used as a cutting agent for cocaine and heroin.
Following the raid on the apartment, officers went to Ward’s Whitman home, where they seized a 2012 Ford Mustang and a 2002 Honda Accord, both believed to have been used in drug deals. At the home, police also found and seized $500 in cash in a bedroom dresser used by Ward.
Ward’s girlfriend has not been charged, but police said a case of permitting drug abuse and other charges related to Ward’s drug operation will be presented to the Lorain County grand jury.