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Lorain man accused of bringing drugs into jail

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    Matthew Banak

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ELYRIA — A Lorain man was charged Wednesday with bringing drugs into Lorain County Jail after telling an arresting officer: “What dumb (expletive) after being asked twice would bring (expletive) into the jail and catch a case?” authorities said.

Matthew Banak, 38, of Highland Park Boulevard, caught that additional case when corrections officers at the jail found 1 gram of fentanyl in his clothing during a search at the jail, according to Elyria police.

Initially charged with failure to disclose personal information, a fourth-degree misdemeanor, his charges now include illegal conveyance of drugs, a third-degree felony, and possession of fentanyl, a fifth-degree felony. As of Wednesday, he was being held in the jail on $25,500 bond, according to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.

An Elyria police officer traveling south on West Avenue at 12:16 a.m. Wednesday pulled over a Dodge after a computer checks showed the owner, 29-year-old Christopher Jones of Delaware Circle in Elyria, had a warrant out for his arrest from Sheffield police.

Inside the car were Jones and three passengers. Smelling the odor of marijuana, the officer called for backup and placed Jones under arrest on the warrant, according to a police report.

A passenger — later identified from his ID as Banak — refused to give his name after being asked multiple times and also was arrested. Banak also had multiple warrants out for his arrest, and twice denied having any weapons or drugs on him, according to a police report.

The police report noted it was cold outside and Banak was dressed in layers, with sweatpants on under his jeans. Upon being taken to Lorain County Jail, body-scanned and searched, he was found to have 0.4 grams of a substance that tested positive for the presence of fentanyl inside a folded lottery ticket in the sweatpants, according to a police report.

Corrections officers took Banak to get changed into jail clothes and were watching when a second bag of suspected drugs weighing 0.6 grams fell from Banak’s sock as he changed. The substance in that bag also tested positive for the presence of fentanyl, according to Elyria police.

Banak’s prior criminal history includes arrests for domestic violence, theft, failure to pay child support and contempt of court charges, according to Lorain County Sheriff’s Office records.

Contact Dave O’Brien at (440) 329-7129 or do’brien@chroniclet.com. Follow him at @daveobrienCT on Twitter.
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