October 23, 2014

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Police arrest four men in Litchfield Township drug raid

LITCHFIELD TWP. — A drug-trafficking investigation led the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office and Cleveland police to a Crow Road home where they arrested four men and confiscated 28 firearms, ammunition, cocaine and heroin.

Ryan Miday, a spokesman for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, described the operation as a “large bust.”
“It’s not just the drugs … it’s the 28 firearms,” Miday said.

Cruz

Cruz

Caraballo

Caraballo

Juarez

Juarez

Quiroz

Quiroz

He said an investigation that began in Cuyahoga County ended with a raid at 8405 Crow Road on July 16. Authorities reportedly found 1,000 grams of cocaine and 392 grams of heroin in addition to the firearms, Miday said.

John O’Brien, public information officer for the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office, said some of those firearms were loaded.

Authorities arrested Andres Cruz, 40, and Alvin Caraballo, 27, both of 8405 Crow Road, and Ruben Quiroz, 19, and Gerardo Juarez, 22, both of Columbus. A Cuyahoga County grand jury indicted the men on counts of drug trafficking, drug possession and possession of criminal tools. Cruz and Caraballo also were charged with possessing weapons under disability, according to court records.

If convicted, “they’re looking at significant time in prison,” Miday said.

Caraballo and Juarez are the Cuyahoga County Jail on bonds of $500,000 and $250,000, respectively, a jail spokesman said.

Cruz is free on $100,000 bond, and a hold has been placed Quiroz by Immigration and Naturalization Services, the spokesman said.

Contact Kaitlin Bushinski at (330) 721-4050 or kbushinski@medina-gazette.com.