ELYRIA — One man was in custody and two others fled after a traffic stop resulted in a drug bust on Bell Avenue in Elyria.
Kelvin Parker-Bell, 25, of Detroit, was charged with possession of Schedule III, IV and V substances after a bag of 25 pills was found on him following the traffic stop. Police said Parker-Bell was in the back seat of the vehicle, which had been pulled over for failing to stop at a stop sign in front of Super 8 Motel at 9:07 p.m. Monday.
The driver of the vehicle, Leon Robinson III, attempted to evade police during the stop, driving onto Bell Avenue after crossing over all four lanes of state Route 57, police said. Robinson and an unnamed passenger in the front seat of the vehicle allegedly ran after parking the car in a lot off Bell Avenue, police said.
Robinson and the other passenger were chased by police but escaped. Officers said they found a 1.5 gram bag of crack cocaine on the pavement near where Robinson had been, along with a cell phone with a text sent to Robinson. While searching for the men, two semi-automatic pistols were found near the vehicle. Both were fully loaded, with a round in the chamber, police said. The guns were secured and transported to the Elyria Police Department.
Parker-Bell, the backseat passenger in the vehicle, was detained at the scene. After reportedly denying he had any contraband on him, police said they found he had a bag of pills that were identified as 0.5 mg of alprazolam, or Xanax, a Schedule IV drug. Police also said they found $3,971 on Parker-Bell.
When searching the car, police also reportedly found a digital scale, 5.1 gram bag of marijuana, an iPhone and two Samsung cell phones.
Affidavits against Robinson were prepared for stop sign, failure to comply, obstructing official business, possession of cocaine, tampering with evidence and driving under suspension — administrative. Additional charges are pending lab results.