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Detroit man arrested in Lorain

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    Gavin Smith



LORAIN — A Detroit man is under arrest and facing a felony weapons charge after the Lorain Police Department SWAT Team executed a warrant at a residence on Oberlin Avenue on Thursday.

The raid followed a multiagency drug trafficking investigation, during which detectives seized prescription painkillers, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana, two handguns, an assault rifle magazine, more than $1,600 in cash and other drug paraphernalia, according to Elyria police.

Gavin Smith, 36, was arrested on a charge of having weapons under disability, a third-degree felony. He is on pretrial supervision through the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan for a firearms offense, according to Elyria police.

Smith is scheduled to be arraigned on the charge at 1 p.m. today in Lorain Municipal Court, according to Lorain County Sheriff’s Office booking records.

Elyria police said the search warrant was served after a joint investigation by the Elyria and Lorain police narcotics units.

Smith allegedly was traveling from Detroit to an address at 1958 Oberlin Avenue in Lorain to illegally sell drugs, according to Elyria police.

Seized during the raid were 564 doses of the painkiller oxycodone, 7 grams of methamphetamine and small amounts of cocaine and marijuana.

If sold on the street, the drugs could have fetched an estimated $15,000, according to Elyria police.

In addition, detectives seized a .25-caliber Beretta handgun, a 9 mm Smith & Wesson handgun, a magazine for an AK-47 assault rifle, handgun ammunition, digital scales, cell phones, items used to package illegal narcotics and $1,608 in cash.

Smith was taken to Lorain County Jail and held there without bond “due to the serious nature of the drug investigation,” Elyria police said.

Additional charges are possible once the case is completed and presented to a Lorain County grand jury.

In the Michigan case, federal court records show that April 18, Detroit police officers saw Smith sitting in a black Dodge Durango in a gas station parking lot, apparently trying not to make eye contact.

When the officers pulled into the gas station to investigate, Smith drove away and fled into traffic, swerving from lane to lane, according to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court by a Michigan-based ATF agent.

Smith finally stopped and during the traffic stop, officers smelled marijuana. Smith couldn’t provide a driver’s license and had several outstanding traffic warrants, along with not having a valid license, according to the federal court records.

A search of the SUV turned up a silver .40-caliber magazine with five hollow point RIP rounds of ammunition, according to federal court records.

Nearby Michigan State Police troopers, responding to a 911 call that “someone may have thrown a weapon out of a vehicle on the freeway” found a small black-and-silver .40-caliber Smith & Wesson SD40VE handgun with a 20-round extended magazine when they searched the area.

The rounds in the handgun matched those found in Smith’s vehicle, and he was arrested.

A felon with two 2009 convictions for assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder or by strangulation and unarmed robbery in 3rd Circuit Court in Detroit, Smith is forbidden from owning or possessing firearms, according to federal court records.

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