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Police agencies work together to combat violent crime and drug trafficking

Several indictments regarding drug trafficking and firearms crimes in Lorain County have been unsealed in federal court as part of an ongoing investigation. (Source: WOIO) Several indictments regarding drug trafficking and firearms crimes in Lorain County have been unsealed in federal court as part of an ongoing investigation. (Source: WOIO)

Several indictments regarding drug trafficking and firearms crimes in Lorain County have been unsealed in federal court as part of an ongoing investigation.

Cases recently filed include:

Jason Vasquez, 37 of Lorain, was charged in a seven-count indictment with conspiracy to distribute heroin. He also faces charges for possessing a firearm and ammunition despite previous convictions for drug trafficking, felonious assault and intimidation. Vasquez is believed to be a major source of heroin and fentanyl in the Lorain County area.

Anetaeus Spencer, 33, of Lorain, was charged with one count of being a felon in possession of ammunition and several firearms, namely: a Rohm Arms 7.62 x 39 mm. rifle, a Taurus “Judge” .45LC/410GA revolver, a Smith and Wesson pistol, a Keltec .380 handgun and a Mossberg 12 gage shotgun. He was previously convicted of felony offenses which would prohibit him from possessing a firearm and ammunition. Spencer also sold quantities of crack and heroin, and had several thousand dollars on his person at the time of his arrest, according to the indictment.

Octavious Smith, 37, of Elyria, was indicted for possessing a 9 mm firearm and distributing heroin and crack cocaine in Lorain County. Smith was previously convicted of felony offenses which would prohibit him from possessing a firearm and ammunition.

Calvin L. Williams, 32, of Elyria, was indicted on one count of being a felon in possession of a weapon, namely a Glock 9 mm handgun. Williams also has pending state drug cases and was previously convicted of felony offenses which would prohibit him from possessing a firearm or ammunition.

Steve J. Hamilton, 24, of Lorain, was indicted on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, namely a Heritage MFG “Rough Rider” .22-caliber revolver. Hamilton was previously convicted of felony offenses which would prohibit him from possessing a firearm and ammunition.

These indictments are just the latest in the continuing efforts of the United States Attorney’s Office to work with local partners Lorain County to ensure those who repeatedly violate gun and drug laws in Lorain County are held accountable.

In cooperation with local law enforcement, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has already prosecuted multiple Lorain County residents who broke gun and drug laws.

These previous cases include:

Jeremy Mack, 38, of Elyria, was sentenced to life in prison after a jury convicted him of human trafficking, drug crimes and obstruction of justice.

Siarres Noble, 29, of Elyria was sentenced to 20 years in prison for distributing heroin and fentanyl, including fentanyl that caused the death of an Elyria resident last year.

John H. Allen, 49, of Lorain, was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison after being convicted of possession with the intent to distribute PCP and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Anthony Paul Montoy, 40, and Fred Alston, 60, both of Elyria, were convicted of conspiracy to distribute kilograms of cocaine in the Lorain County area. Montoy was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison and Alston was sentenced to 8 years in federal prison.

Jerry Wells, 34, of Elyria, recently pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute heroin, MDMA, marijuana and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Wells was previously convicted of felony offenses which prohibited him from possessing a firearm and ammunition. He is awaiting sentencing.

Quentin Jackson, 24, of Elyria was recently convicted of felon in possession of a firearm. His sentencing is pending. 

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