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Men arrested with drugs and guns tell police they are priests


ELYRIA — Three men who identified themselves as priests were arrested after police said they found marijuana and weapons in one of the men’s home.

At 5:15 p.m. Monday, police arrested and charged Anthony Williams, Jr., 38, for weapons under disability and an outstanding bench warrant and James Lemroyal, 48, for an outstanding bench warrant. James Utsey Jr., 28, was issued a citation for drug paraphernalia.

According to a police report, police were dispatched to apartments at 234 Brunswick Drive for several complaints from tenants of a marijuana smell in the building. Police said they found Williams, Lemroyal and Utsey in an apartment filled with a strong odor of marijuana.

Police said they found two ashtrays filled with ashes and marijuana roaches and a silver marijuana grinder in the apartment.

The three suspects refused to reveal their real names, only identifying themselves as priests.

Williams said his name was Priest Ish’ra’el, Lemroyal said he was Priest Lammalak and Utsey referred to himself as a Priest Ilataza. The men said it was against their religion to provide their real names and said the apartment belonged to the church.

Police also said they found three .40 caliber handguns, one Glock 22 and a .40 caliber semiautomatic handgun in the apartment. The men told police the handguns belonged to the church.

According to police, Williams has prior felony convictions for trafficking in drugs, domestic violence, felonious assault and weapons under disability. Williams and Lemroyal were taken to Lorain County Jail.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or

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