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Man arrested after police find drug paraphernalia throughout home


LORAIN — A Lorain man was arrested Tuesday after police found drug paraphernalia throughout a house he shares with his girlfriend and her two children.

Brandon Perez, 29, was arrested on a parole violation.

According to a police report, officers were called to assist parole officers at the home, in the 1000 block of West Erie Avenue, at 1:15 p.m.

Officers were greeted by Perez and his girlfriend, who also lives there, the report said. His girlfriend's two daughters, ages 12 and 17, were in school at the time and were not home.

Officers found more than 20 used syringes, a crack pipe and numerous spoons with suspected heroin residue on them, the report said. These were located all over the house, including the children's bedrooms, bathroom, living room, kitchen, basement, dresser drawers, desks and cabinets, the report said.

According to officer William Lachner's report, "All of this paraphernalia, needles and instruments were well within reach and in plain view for the children to gain access to."

He added that both Perez and his girlfriend are known to him as heroin and crack addicts and that he's had numerous dealings with them at this home.

Officers also found used condoms, needles, mattresses and blankets all over the home's basement, according to the report.

"This is consistent with how people engage in illicit activities to obtain drugs and use in the same location," Lachner wrote.

Residue on the spoons and pipe tested positive for opiates, the report said.

"Due to the amount of drug paraphernalia, having it ready at hand, I believe it represents a risk of physical harm" to the children, Lachner wrote.

The report has been forwarded to Children Services, according to police.

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