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3 charged in federal opioid crackdown

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Operation S.O.S. nabbed three more suspected drug dealers in Lorain County as the coordinated, cooperative law enforcement efforts targeting opioid distribution continues.

Doyal Cannon, 33, of Elyria, Aaron Matthews, 35, of Lorain, and Ramon Collins, 36, of Cleveland, recently were indicted in federal court on drug trafficking charges.

Cannon was indicted on charges of possession with the intent to distribute heroin, fentanyl and cocaine, as well as firearms charges in connection with a June 13 incident, according to court documents.

According to the indictment, Cannon had more than 2 grams of a mixture of fentanyl and heroin, 7 grams of cocaine and a Glock .40-caliber handgun with ammunition. Cannon has previous convictions that made it illegal for him to have a firearm. He was on supervised release from a previous federal firearm conviction on June 13, according to court documents.

Matthews faces an 11-count indictment for charges in connection with the distribution of heroin, fentanyl and other drugs, as well as two firearms counts.

Matthews possessed a Kel-Tec 9 mm Luger pistol and ammunition Dec. 13, in relation to his drug trafficking activities, according to court documents. Matthews also was not legally allowed to have a firearm due to prior drug and gun convictions.

Collins was indicted on charges of distribution of fentanyl and distribution of heroin and fentanyl.

On July 17, he possessed nearly 7 grams of fentanyl. Four days later, he possessed nearly 29 grams of a mixture of heroin and fentanyl, according to court documents.

Operation S.O.S. was announced last month by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman. Lorain County was one of 10 counties in the nation that are part of Operation S.O.S., which stands for Synthetic Opioid Surge and seeks to reduce the supply of deadly synthetic opioids in the high-impact areas and identify wholesale distribution networks and domestic suppliers.

“The indictments, along with our activities of the past month, should make it clear that Lorain County is closed for business when it comes to drug trafficking, Herdman said. “Many of these defendants are dangerous because they illegally have firearms while selling opioids and other drugs that have caused so much death and destruction in our community. All of our law enforcement partners are working together to stem the flow of these drugs into our neighborhoods — if you sell opioids in Lorain County, you are facing federal prison time.”

The Matthews and Collins cases were investigated by the Lorain County Drug Task Force and the Lorain County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program. The Cannon case was investigated by Elyria police and the FBI.

“The Elyria Police Department is grateful for the outstanding working relationship we share with the U.S. Attorney’s Office,” Elyria Police Chief Duane Whitely said. “Officers from our department investigated several drug complaints and were able to build a case and arrest several drug dealers. The U.S. Attorney’s Office took the cases and received indictments on all of them. I look forward to working together to take many more drug dealers off the streets of Elyria.”

Contact Scott Mahoney at 440-329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.


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