Medina Police teaming with housing managers to help curb heroin trafficking

Medina Police teaming with housing managers to help curb heroin trafficking

MEDINA COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - The Medina Police have launched an effort to eliminate heroin trafficking in the area by partnering with the managers of local subsidized housing.

In a "broken windows" strategic move, police started regular meetings with the management teams in subsidized housing to identify those who deal and abuse drugs.

Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell said  the message to the managers is to "clean it up, enforce your rules and we'll enforce the law."

"The goal of the subsidized housing program is to provide a safe and secure environment for the families, not to subsidize drug trafficking," he said.

Medina police Chief Patrick Berarducci said the police started working in the Union Square Apartments, which he described as "one of our biggest problem areas."

The police encourage property managers to use tools such as trespass notices and evictions to find problem people, and the police can follow up with "concentrated enforcement actions," according to a police press release.

The Medina County Drug Task Force and Medina Police have five drug arrests since July 1 as a result of these actions. They arrested Dwight Tuttle, 39, Bridgett Tuttle, 28, Kathleen Gray, 33, Charrell Reed, 21, and Tysean Gaston, 27. All have charged related to drug trafficking, abuse and possession.

All suspects are in Medina County jail waiting for initial appearances in Medina Municipal Court.

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