June 26, 2016

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Cleveland pair charged with selling heroin to undercover cop

MEDINA TWP. — Two Cleveland men were arrested Wednesday for reportedly selling heroin to an undercover agent of the Medina County Drug Task Force.

Ul K. Whitlow, 25, and Keron E. Nevel, 30, were apprehended without incident about 3 p.m. Wednesday following a deal with an agent in the parking lot of Buffalo Wild Wings, 550 Eastpointe Drive, according to Gary Hubbard, director of the task force.

Keron E. Nevel

Ul K. Whitlow

Both men were charged with one count of trafficking of heroin, a fourth-degree felony.

“We met in the parking lot, did the exchange and when they pulled off in a vehicle they were arrested by Montville Township police,” Hubbard said.

Street value of the heroin authorities confiscated was about $1,200. Crack cocaine also seized was worth approximately, $1,000, Hubbard said.

Nevel and Whitlow were being held at the Medina County Jail on Thursday. Bond for Nevel is $30,000 and $25,000 for Whitlow.

A sheriff’s deputy at the jail said Nevel’s bond might be higher due to a prior arrest record.

Additional charges are likely to be sent to the Medina County Prosecutor’s Office for consideration, Hubbard said.

“We anticipate more charges coming to both men related to trafficking heroin and crack cocaine,” he said.

Hubbard said people from “source cities,” such as Akron and Cleveland, are becoming more prevalent in bringing drugs into Medina County.

“We’re getting a lot of people here from those areas preying on our residents,” he said.

Contact reporter Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.