July 25, 2016

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Drug dealer’s possessions go to auction

Allison Wood | The Gazette

MEDINA — Anyone wishing to purchase seized items from the Granger Township household of a convicted drug dealer or equipment from the nightclub he owned in Akron can do so at a special auction Saturday.

The items include a popcorn machine, leather chairs from a theater room, bar stools, televisions and sound equipment, said Medina County Drug Task Force Director Michael Barnhardt, whose agency is conducting the auction.

The items previously belonged to Kevin Tyler, who was sentenced to more than 11 years in federal prison last year after pleading guilty to counts of conspiracy to distribute marijuana and cocaine and money laundering.

The auction items were seized from Tyler’s former home, located on Hickory Creek Drive, and from the Elite Lounge in Akron.

Proceeds from the auction will be split between the Medina County Drug Task Force, Summit County Drug Unit and other law enforcement agencies that participated in the two-year-long investigation that involved wiretaps and undercover agents, Barnhardt said.

Some of the seized items, such as fur coats, will not be sold at the auction because they were turned over to the U.S. Marshals, Barnhardt said.

The auction will begin at 10 a.m. at the Community Center, 735 Lafayette Road, on the Medina County Fairgrounds.

Those interested in seeing photos and a list of some of the auction items can go to the county task force’s Web site at www.mcdtf.org/Auction.htm.

Contact Allison Wood at (330) 721-4050 or allisonwood@ohio.net.