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Charges dropped in Furnace Street arrest (UPDATED)

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    David Jones

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UPDATE: According to court records, charges against Jones have been dismissed, with leave to refile.

***Previous reporting***

ELYRIA — A Furnace Street man remains in Lorain County Jail on more than $250,000 bond, charged with 10 felony weapons and drug charges following a raid on his residence Saturday.

Following a search by the Elyria Police Department Special Response Team, 49-year-old David Jones was arrested that morning after officers allegedly found a loaded handgun and suspected illegal drugs as well as legal drugs he was not allowed to have, according to Elyria police.

A convicted felon forbidden from owning or possessing any firearms, Jones was charged with having weapons under disability, possession of criminal tools, possession of drug paraphernalia, evidence tampering, possession of heroin, possession of fentanyl, possession of oxycodone, possession of methamphetamine, trafficking heroin, trafficking methamphetamine and trafficking fentanyl.

Elyria Police Chief Duane Whitely told Elyria City Council on Monday that his department last arrested Jones in 2013 on numerous drug and weapons charges, and that Jones served two years in prison for those crimes.

Jones received a judicial release from prison in April 2017 after serving seven months of a three-year prison sentence imposed after he was convicted of having weapons under disability, drug trafficking and drug possession, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections website.

Additional or amended charges in the newest case are possible once Jones’ case is presented to a Lorain County grand jury.

Contact Dave O’Brien at (440) 329-7129 or do’brien@chroniclet.com. Follow him at @daveobrienCT on Twitter.


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