Four ar­rests made fol­low­ing drug raid

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - LOCAL NEWS - Staff re­port

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

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