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Trio faces drug-trafficking charges

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    From left, Nicholas Latorre, Javae Vargovich and Brandon Williams were arrested and face drug trafficking charges in Elyria.

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ELYRIA — Three men are facing drug-trafficking charges after police found $7,000 worth of illegal drugs while serving search warrants at three homes, according to a news release.

Police say Brandon Williams, 24, of Elyria, Nicholas Latorre, 22, of Lorain, and Javae Vargovich, 20, of Lorain, have been selling heroin, fentanyl and crack cocaine in Elyria and Lorain.

Williams was charged with possession of heroin and trafficking in heroin, both second-degree felonies; Latorre with three counts of trafficking in heroin, fourth-degree felonies; and Vargovich with two counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a fourth-degree felony, and one count of trafficking in cocaine, a fifth-degree felony.

Elyria police Special Response Team and Lorain police SWAT team members searched three locations — an apartment on the 100 block of David Drive in Elyria and residences on the1700 block of East 30th Street and 1600 block of East 36th Street in Lorain.

During the search police found 35 grams of fentanyl, heroin and cocaine worth $7,000 on the street, the release said, as well as several thousand dollars in cash, drug scales and packaging materials used for distributing illegal drugs.

An investigation began in May into the three suspected of dealing drugs in Elyria and Lorain, according to the release. Williams and Latorre previously have been convicted for participating in a criminal gang, following a Lorain police investigation into the street gang “Dirty 30.”

“The Elyria Police Narcotics Unit and Lorain Police Narcotics Unit will continue to work together to aggressively pursue and arrest violent criminals in the community that are responsible for the sale and distribution of dangerous drugs,” Elyria Police Lt. James Welsh said in the release.

A preliminary hearing for Williams and Latorre before Elyria Municipal Court Judge Robert White is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday. Williams’ bond was set at $50,000 per each charge. Latorre’s bond was set at $50,000 for each count.

A preliminary hearing for Vargovich before Lorain Municipal Court Judge Thomas Elwell Jr. is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday. His bond was set at $250,000.

Contact Bruce Walton at 329-7123 or by email at bwalton@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Facebook @BWalton440 or on Twitter @BruceWalton.
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