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Elyria man faces drug charges

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    Leonard Walker Jr.



ELYRIA — Elyria narcotics detectives arrested a man leaving a motel room on Oberlin-Elyria Road and as a result of a search warrant seized illegal drugs, prescription drugs and two firearms.

An ongoing investigation into alleged cocaine trafficking in Elyria led officers to arrest Leonard Walker Jr., 42, of Gates Avenue, on seven felony charges including having weapons under disability, trafficking in drugs, possession of drugs and possession of criminal tools. All are third-, fourth- or fifth-degree felonies, according to Elyria police.

Walker was taken to Lorain County Jail to be booked.

According to Elyria police, Narcotics Unit detectives obtained search warrants for two locations, including a house at 316 11th St. and Elyria Motel, 701 Oberlin-Elyria Road, according to a police report.

Detectives doing surveillance on Room 5 at the motel then saw Walker leave the motel room and head north on Oberlin-Elyria Road. They stopped him and recovered two baggies, one containing crack cocaine and the other containing marijuana, according to Elyria police.

Walker told the investigators he had more drugs in the motel room, according to police. A separate search of the motel room turned up 15.5 grams of crack cocaine, nine Adderall pills, nine MDMA or ecstasy pills, 10 to 15 hits of LSD, 17.2 grams of marijuana, two digital scales, a vape pen containing an unidentified liquid and Walker’s personal cell phone.

A search of the 11th Street residence revealed more contraband, including two guns and ammunition.

The firearms and ammunition seized there included a pump-action 12-gauge shotgun loaded with five shells, a .36-caliber Navy Arms revolver, a plastic bag containing 37 additional 12-gauge shotgun shells and three boxes of .22-caliber ammunition, according to Elyria police.

Walker, who said he lives or stays at both locations, admitted he had been selling cocaine since December, according to Elyria police. He told investigators he bought the guns off a drug user to protect his drug stash and knew he could not buy or possess guns due to a prior felony criminal record, police said.

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