July 24, 2016

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Police: Elyria man sold crack near kids in Westfield Twp.

WESTFIELD TWP. — An Elyria man was arrested after selling crack cocaine at a truck stop to an undercover officer just feet away from three small children, according to the Medina County Drug Task Force.

Task force agents arrested Ivan Brown, 30, of 504 12th St., upstairs apartment, Elyria, on the charge of trafficking in cocaine within the vicinity of a juvenile, a fourth-degree felony, at about 7 p.m. Wednesday after he was stopped on Lake Road near Heritage Drive.

Brown met with the undercover officer at a truck stop on U.S. Route 224 just west of Interstate 71, task force director Greg Hubbard said.

“The deal didn’t take place in the car,” Hubbard said Thursday. “But the deal took place right next door to the car. They were in close proximity of the car.”

Trafficking in cocaine is a fifth-degree felony; but because there were children present in the car, the charge was elevated to a fourth-degree felony, Hubbard said.

“It’s really disturbing when they bring their kids around. It makes you wonder how many times it’s happened before,” Hubbard said. “We take a really hard stance when it comes to kids being involved.”

Hubbard said the three children and a woman were released at the scene, but said the woman may face charges and Brown could face additional charges after the investigation is wrapped up.

“We have an investigation to conduct and we’ll present our findings to a grand jury,” Hubbard said. “We anticipate she will be charged and he will face additional charges.”

Brown has a criminal record in Lorain County. In 2002, Brown pleaded guilty to fifth-degree felony forgery charges and later that year pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine, also a fifth-degree felony, in Lorain County Common Pleas Court, according to court records.

Brown was found guilty of carrying a concealed weapon in 2001 and 2011 in Elyria Municipal Court, along with other misdemeanor charges, including menacing and leaving the scene of an accident involving an injury.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.

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Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.