16 arrested in countywide drug raids

Police are keeping silent about a series of drug raids and arrests over the past few days, but Elyria Municipal Court Judge Lisa Locke Graves described it during a court hearing Monday as an investigation targeting a “conspiracy that has allegedly put kilo after kilo after kilo of cocaine on the streets of Elyria.”

According to court records, 16 people were arrested over the weekend in connection with the investigation into the drug ring.

In a news release put out over the weekend, police from Elyria, Lorain and the Lorain County Drug Task Force said the investigation was ongoing and more arrests were planned.

The release said that narcotics detectives conducted searches at multiple locations in Elyria, Lorain and Sheffield Lake.

“This was related to an ongoing investigation related to the sale and distribution of cocaine into Lorain County,” the release said. “As a result of the investigation, multiple subjects were arrested and a large amount of narcotics was seized.”

During a hearing Monday, Elyria City Prosecutor Scott Strait said that more than 3.5 kilograms of cocaine and more than $75,000 in cash were seized during the investigation.

Those charged in the case with conspiracy, trafficking in cocaine and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity include Donald Milton, 52, of Elyria; Travis Milton, 33, Elyria; Jarvis Burns, 33, Sheffield Lake; Christopher Craig, 43, Cleveland; Amos Jackson, 32, Lorain; Tynisa Johnson, 38, Elyria; Kevin Riggins, 38, Lorain; Donald Tillman, 36, Elyria; Cleveland Todd III, 39, Lorain; Bernard Washington Jr., 45, Cleveland; and James E. Williams, 44, Elyria.

Those charged with conspiracy include Grace Milton, 67, Elyria; James Burns, 51, Elyria; Tanniqueea Garner, 34, Elyria; Cleveland Todd Jr., 58, Elyria; and Dorothy Walker, 28, Elyria.

Police said they intend to announce more details on the case later this week.

From the Chronicle-Telegram

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