ELYRIA -- Two men were arrested and drugs and a gun seized following simultaneous raids on two different residences early Thursday morning.
Joshua Novak, 27, was arrested following a raid at 127 Tedman Court. He was charged with two counts of trafficking in drugs with juvenile specifications, both third-degree felonies, one count of carrying a concealed weapon, a fourth-degree felony, two counts of drug possession and one count of possession of criminal tools, all fifth-degree felonies.
Novak was being held without bond in the Lorain County Jail pending an initial appearance Friday in Elyria Municipal Court, according to the Lorain County Sheriff's Office.
Arrested following a raid at 6384 Gateway Blvd. was 27-year-old Christopher Howse. He was charged with one count each of trafficking in drugs with a juvenile specification and tampering with evidence, both third-degree felonies, possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony, and possession of marijuana, a minor misdemeanor.
Howse and Novak "are both (well-known) to Elyria Police from past drug and offenses of violence arrests," Elyria Police Capt. Chris Costantino wrote in a press release.
He wrote that at 6 a.m. Thursday, detectives from the Elyria Police Department Narcotics Unit, the Lorain Police Department Narcotics Unit, an FBI agent and officers from the Special Response Teams of both the Elyria and Lorain police departments conducted simultaneous raids on both residences.
Substances believed to be heroin, crack cocaine and marijuana, along with a .25 -caliber handgun and a total of $7,200 believed to be proceeds from illegal drug sales were found at the Tedman Court location, according to Elyria Police.
"The Elyria Police Department will continue to work with local and federal law enforcement partners to pursue individuals responsible for the sale and distribution of narcotics into our community," Costantino wrote.
Howse has numerous prior arrests in Lorain County on drug possession charges, according to Lorain County Sheriff's Office records.
Novak's criminal record includes multiple parole violations, along with individual charges of obstruction, disorderly conduct, and a case in which he was charged with both abandoning animals and prohibited methods of destroying domestic animals, according to sheriff's office booking records.