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Less than two months after release from prison, man faces 7 felony drug charges

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    Terry Jackson Sr.

    LORAIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

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ELYRIA — A man released in January from a nine-year prison sentence for drug trafficking is now facing seven felony charges after being arrested Tuesday on charges of dealing heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine out of a motel on Griswold Road.

Terry Jackson Sr., 52, is facing one count each of trafficking in heroin, trafficking in cocaine, possession of heroin and possession of cocaine, all third-degree felonies; trafficking in methamphetamine, a fourth-degree felony; possession of methamphetamine and possession of criminal tools, both fifth-degree felonies; possession of drug abuse instruments, a second-degree misdemeanor, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a fourth-degree misdemeanor.

Jackson was being held in Lorain County Jail on $87,000 bond after his arraignment Wednesday in Elyria Municipal Court, according to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office. His next court appearance is March 7, records show.

Jackson was sentenced to nine years in prison and incarcerated in January 2010 after being convicted in Lorain County Common Pleas Court on seven counts including drug trafficking, tampering with evidence, possession of drugs and trafficking in food stamps, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. He was released on parole Jan. 1.

Less than two months after being paroled, Jackson was back to selling drugs, according to police. On Tuesday, detectives from the Elyria Police Narcotics Unit got a search warrant for Room 112 of the Knights Inn Motel at 523 Griswold Road, after an investigation into the alleged sale of illegal drugs out of Jackson’s motel room.

At 2:30 p.m. that same day, detectives knocked on the door, announced the raid and forced entry into the room. Inside, they found Jackson standing near the door and he was handcuffed without incident, according to a police report.

A search turned up about 19 grams of crack cocaine, another 5.2 grams of heroin, 1.7 grams of meth, scales used to weigh drugs and other drug paraphernalia, according to Elyria police.

“The above listed narcotics were found packaged in one large bag but were separately packaged based on the type of narcotics,” according to a police report.

Elyria police said the Ohio Adult Parole Authority was notified of Jackson’s arrest and a no-bond hold was placed on him for the alleged parole violation, according to Elyria police.

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