ELYRIA — In dual raids Wednesday morning, three Michigan men were arrested by special Elyria Police Department units on charges that they were allegedly selling the powerful painkiller fentanyl disguised as other prescription painkillers.
At 7 a.m., officers from the Elyria Police Department Narcotics Unit, Detective Bureau and Special Response Team served search warrants on two locations: Apartment 3 in building M, 1864 Middle Ave., and Room 211 at the Camelot Inn, 550 Griswold Road.
The warrants were the result of an investigation into the alleged illegal sale of prescription pills, heroin and fentanyl in Elyria, originating from Detroit, Michigan, according to Elyria Police.
Arrested were Corey Williams, 28, Edward Moran, 25 and Damon Holden, 25, all of Detroit. Charges against the men include multiple felony counts of possession of drugs, trafficking in drugs, tampering with evidence and misdemeanors including obstructing official business and resisting arrest, and all three were being held in the Lorain County Jail.
Pills confiscated by officers that appeared to be the same color and coded the same as oxycodone and Percocet instead tested positive for fentanyl, a much more powerful painkiller that can be abused and lead to sudden overdose. Officers also seized $7,000 in cash, the alleged proceeds of illegal drug trafficking, according to Elyria Police.
Moran was being held on $39,000 bond, Williams on $18,250 bond, with initial court appearances set at 9 a.m. Thursday in Elyria Municipal Court. Bond information for Holden was not immediately available Wednesday.
Elyria Police spokesman Capt. Chris Constantino said there was a high level of danger of fatal overdose for anyone who might crush up and snort the fake prescription medications.
“Detectives should be commended for identifying these subjects quickly and making arrests,” he said, “which prevented this lethal product from further being distributed into our community.”