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Lorain police seize $24K of high-grade marijuana, 7 guns


LORAIN — Lorain police found roughly $24,000 worth of high-grade marijuana and seven guns after they were called to a West 39th Street home Wednesday night for a home invasion.

Lorain police Lt. Roger Watkins said Officer Craig Payne was the first officer on the scene and came around the side of the house as the two suspects, Dallas Meinhold, 25, and Glen Wansley, 47, were coming out of the house with some stolen property, including a container police are obtaining a search warrant for.

Payne ordered the two men to surrender or he would release his police dog and the men were taken into custody.

Watkins said Meinhold and Wansley knocked at the door of 2617 W. 39th St., around 8 p.m. and when one of the two people inside opened the door they forced their way inside.

Eleena Dittmer, 23, was maced, bound and locked in an upstairs closet. Derrick Brown, 25, was beaten and was later hospitalized for his injuries, Watkins said.

Watkins said Dittmer managed to get to a phone and call police while Meinhold and Wansley were still inside the house.

He said after the men were arrested, police began to investigate and inside the house found 11 to 12 pounds of marijuana as well as seven guns, including an AR-15 assault rifle, and several safes, which police are also seeking a search warrant for today.

He said the way the drugs were packaged and a money-counting machine found inside the house have led police to believe that Dittmer and Brown may have been involved in drug trafficking as suppliers. Both could face criminal charges, Watkins said.

Meinhold and Wansely are both charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, felonious assault, kidnapping and disrupting public service.

Read Friday’s Chronicle for more on this story.

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