October 1, 2014

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Man in heroin bust no stranger to task force

WADSWORTH — Authorities reported two Akron-area men were arrested Monday, accused of selling heroin to an undercover drug task force agent.

Michael T. Banks, 24, of Barberton, and Stephen A. Nevels, 23, of Akron, were charged with heroin trafficking, third-degree felonies.

Gary Hubbard, director of the Medina County Drug Task Force, said the undercover agent bought the drugs about 2:30 p.m. near Great Oaks Boulevard and High Street.

“It’s not the first time we’ve bought from Banks,” he said.

Banks has an extensive criminal history in Summit County, including aggravated burglary and cocaine possession and trafficking. He has no record in Medina County.

Nevels has no criminal record in Summit or Medina counties, Hubbard said.

Hubbard said both men were carrying minimal amounts of heroin and crack cocaine when they were arrested.

Hubbard said drug dealers coming from the Akron area are common in eastern Medina County. It’s also common, he said, for Cleveland dealers to sell in northern Medina County.

“We’re really trying our hardest to identify and discourage these people,” he said.

Banks and Nevels were taken to the Medina County Jail. Banks’ bond is $40,000, 10 percent, and Nevels’ is $30,000, 10 percent.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.