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Police raid suspected drug house, arrest two


ELYRIA — Police arrested two people Monday afternoon at a home on Baldwin Avenue, ending the revolving door of foot traffic police said signaled to all that drugs could be purchased at the home.

It happened about 5:30 p.m. when officers from the Elyria Narcotics Unit went to the home at 726 Baldwin Ave., a stone’s throw from East Park Recreation Center and Prospect Elementary School. There, they arrested 19-year-old Michael Grissom Jr., and 33-year-old Penny Opdyke, who was the occupant of the home.

Grissom was charged with trafficking in drugs. He was being held in the Lorain County Jail on a $250,000 bond. Opdyke faces a count of receiving stolen property.

Police Capt. Chris Costantino said officers were alerted to the home by people who live in the area.

“They would see people coming in and out of the home and suspected drug activity,” he said.

Earlier this month, an undercover officer went to the home and purchased drugs from Grissom, Costantino said.

No drugs were found at the home when officers returned Monday. However, Costantino said they did find some items that may belong to a neighbor who reported a burglary earlier in the day.

According to a separate police report, Samuel Gonzalez and Rachel Handley told police they left for work at about 3 p.m. Friday. When they returned just before 2 p.m. Saturday, they found their bedroom had been ransacked.

A dog was left in the front room, but the bedroom door was closed and that was the only room disturbed. Police believe someone came through a back window.

Several items were reported missing, including a 37-inch flat screen television, a jewelry box containing eight men’s watches and change. A second jewelry box with women’s jewelry including a gold Italian necklace and silver necklace also was reported stolen and was found at the Baldwin Avenue house.

“This may not be just a drug case, but help us with a burglary as well,” he said. “This just shows the significance of the narcotics unit. We will be seeing more of these cases.

“When we left that house neighbors were outside clapping — shows the true impact of that house in the neighborhood,” he said.

The city brought the unit back about four months ago as a three-man division to work alongside the Neighborhood Impact Unit.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or

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