Four arrests made following drug raid
Four people were arrested Oct. 10 as a result of a drug raid in Elyria.
The raid was conducted when the Elyria Police Department’s special response team, narcotics unit and detective bureau executed search warrants at 4:35 p.m. at 1312 East Ave., according to a news release from Elyria police.
Pedro J. Franceschi, 36, of Elyria, Courtney L. Warrens, 26, of Elyria, Keshawn J. Freeman, 21, and Damon T. Farish Jr., 21, both of Detroit, were charged with trafficking in drugs and possession of a controlled substance, both second-degree felonies, as a result of the raid, the release said.
The warrant was the result of an ongoing drug investigation into Franceschi and Warrens, according to the release.
Detectives determined Franceschi was buying large quantities of acetaminophen/oxycodone (percocet) prescription pills from high-level drug supplies in Detroit, the release said.
Franceschi then would distribute the pills to lowerlevel drug dealers where they would be sold to drug users in Lorain County, according to the release.
Detectives seized over 800 oxycodone pills, along with $3,000 in cash and a loaded shotgun.
“Detectives should be commended for identifying this supply source, acting quickly to make these arrests and seizing a large quantity of drugs prior to them being distributed in our community,” Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said.
Each suspect was lodged at the Lorain County Jail on a $500,000 bond. They must appear at 2 p.m. Oct. 16 before Elyria Municipal Court Judge Robert C. White.
Damon T. Farish Jr., Pedro J. Franceschi, Keshawn J. Freeman, Courtney L. Warrens