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30 family members nailed in drug bust

Travis Milton (Source: Lorain County Sheriff's Office) Travis Milton (Source: Lorain County Sheriff's Office)
Jarvis Burns (Source: Lorain County Sheriff's Office) Jarvis Burns (Source: Lorain County Sheriff's Office)
Donald Tillman (Source: Lorain County Sheriff's Office) Donald Tillman (Source: Lorain County Sheriff's Office)
Seized items. (Source: Lorain County Sheriff's Office) Seized items. (Source: Lorain County Sheriff's Office)
ELYRIA, OH (WOIO) -

Drugs appeared to be a family business in Lorain County. Police arrested 30 relatives accused of running a major trafficking ring.

"This family and this organization has been around for decades in Elyria, so we used probably a decade's worth of intelligence and information to develop the case," said Sgt. Jim Welsh with Elyria Police.

They've been titled the Burns, Milton and Tillman cocaine trafficking organization, all busted by a team of investigators from the Lorain Police Narcotics Bureau, Lorain County Sheriff's Drug Task Force and Elyria Police Narcotics Unit.

The big bust and round-up happened Friday as law enforcement executed nearly 20 search warrants. Police say Christopher Craig and Bernard Washington were bringing 3 kilos of cocaine from Cuyahoga County to Elyria. They were trying to deliver it to Jarvice Burns and Travis Milton, who had $43,000 in cash on them to make the purchase. From there, the cocaine would have been split up among the rest of the family to make the sales on the street. 

Even caught up in this is the grandmother of the family, 67-year-old Grace Milton. The majority of the big transaction happened in her Elyria home. She's charged with conspiracy to traffic cocaine. 

"Understand this is just one drug trafficking organization in this county. There's many others. We're just now moving on to the next," said Chief Deputy Dennis Cavanaugh with the Lorain County Sheriff's Office.

In total, authorities seized:

-3.3 kilograms of cocaine estimated at $400,000

-20 grams of heroin

-97.9 grams of marijuana

-5 guns

-10 automobiles

-$84,163 in cash

Agents used a decade worth of intelligence on Jarvis Burns, 33, Travis Milton, 32, and Donald Tillman, 36, to develop their case. Investigators believe Burns is the head of the organization. Among his several charges is trafficking cocaine with a major drug offender specification, which is a level one felony. 

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