July 30, 2014

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Brunswick drug raids net 31 arrests

Andrew Harner

The Gazette

BRUNSWICK — About 75 police officers and special agents pounded on doors and served arrest warrants throughout the city and surrounding communities during a drug roundup Wednesday night.

Twenty-one agencies from the area joined forces to attempt to serve 49 warrants for drug-related offenses. By the end of the evening, 31 individuals were in custody.

“Operation Cracker Jaxx” was the result of a nine-month investigation by the Medway Drug Enforcement Agency, which indicated cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin, Ecstasy, marijuana and prescription drugs were being sold in the area.

mg_a1cl4x052610medway2ah-copyMedway Drug Enforcement Agency agent Jim Ascherl knocks on an apartment door during Wednesday’s drug roundup in Brunswick. No one answered and the apartment was deemed empty. (Andrew Harner / Gazette)

Medway is a is a multi-jurisdictional drug task force that covers the Medina County cities of Brunswick and Wadsworth, Wayne County and Holmes County.

Medway director Dave Smith said a good night for a drug roundup results in about 75 percent of the targets being arrested.

Despite falling about 10 percent short of that goal, Smith was pleased with Wednesday’s results.

“I usually focus on 70-75 percent; but some say if you get half, you’re doing a good job,” Smith said. “We got good numbers and made an impact.”

The 18 individuals who were not apprehended will have their information submitted to the sheriff’s office and entered into the Law Enforcement Automated Data System with hopes they will be caught.

The roundup began a little after 6:30 p.m. and ended around 12:30 a.m. Personnel moved quickly at the start of the night, hoping to catch as many wanted suspects as they could before word spread through the community about the roundup.
More than half of the arrests were made in the first 2½ hours.

This was the second Medway roundup in the Brunswick area in eight months. “Operation Nebelwand” on Oct. 1 resulted in 26 arrests and focused on bars in the Brunswick area.

Brunswick Police Chief Carl DeForest said Medway has been beneficial to the community.

“The task force has done a fantastic job in this and other related investigations,” DeForest said. “We appreciate their presence in the city of Brunswick, and they are doing the best they can to stop the drug trade, or displace it.”
Smith had high praise for the 21 departments that sent personnel because many of those are struggling in the current economy.

“I’m impressed with the response,” he said. “In the economic times we’re facing right now, it’s very nice when you can put together 75 officers.”

Contact Andrew Harner at (330) 721-4063 or aharner@medina-gazette.com.