July 1, 2016

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3 arrested in drug raid

MEDINA — Three men were arrested on drug charges Wednesday after authorities raided two units at Union Square Apartments and seized crack cocaine, Ecstasy and marijuana, police said.

Members of the Police Department’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit and the Medina County Drug Task Force raided the apartments after a brief undercover investigation, Police Chief Patrick Berarducci said Thursday.

Besides crack cocaine packaged for sale, Ecstasy and marijuana, authorities also seized more than $900 in cash, drug paraphernalia and scales, police said.

Mario Dennis, 30, of 380 W. Union St., Apt. 7, and Raymel King, 23, of Cleveland, were charged with possession of crack cocaine, and David Hall, 34, of 380 W. Union St., Apt. 4, was charged with trafficking in marijuana.

The three men were being held in the Medina County Jail on Thursday. Dennis was being held on a $100,000 bond and King and Hall each on a $75,000 bond.

Berarducci said it was likely two more suspects will be arrested following a grand jury hearing, and he anticipates the three already in custody could face additional charges.

“I think we got somewhere around 42 grams of crack and one (crack) rock, and there were several bags of crack cocaine,” Berarducci said.

The drugs must be weighed and analyzed in a laboratory before their street value is known, he said, but he estimated the drugs to be worth thousands of dollars.

Berarducci credited the growing partnership between the Medina Narcotics Enforcement Unit and the county’s drug task force with the investigation’s success.

“I think this was a significant arrest. Every time we arrest someone from out of town, it makes it that much less attractive” for drug dealers to come to Medina, Berarducci said.

Contact Kaitlin Bushinski at (330) 721-4050 or kbushinski@ohio.net.