June 30, 2016

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Task force: Heroin dealer busted

BRUNSWICK — A 28-year-old suspected heroin dealer from Cleveland was arrested Friday with the help of an undercover agent, according to the Medina County Drug Task Force.

James Walker was charged with trafficking in heroin, a third-degree felony punishable by up to three years in prison.

Heroin trafficking is a third-degree felony up to 10 grams, a second-degree felony up to 50 grams and a first-degree felony for larger amounts.

Task force Director Gary Hubbard said agents arranged a sting when Walker contacted an undercover agent to say he could bring the drugs to Brunswick.

“It was just a spur-of-the-moment thing that we found out he was coming down to the area to sell heroin,” Hubbard said.

Hubbard said that after selling 7 grams of heroin to the undercover agent for $1,100, Walker was allowed to drive away. Task force officials tipped Brunswick police, who pulled Walker over on Interstate 71, near Grafton Road.

No other drugs were found in the car.

Hubbard said he was pleased with the arrest because “we try to get the message out that Medina County is not the place to sell your drugs, and definitely don’t come down from Cleveland thinking you’re going to have an easy target down here.”

Walker has a long criminal record in Cuyahoga County.

In August, he pleaded guilty to felony drug possession, harassing a jail guard and resisting arrest.

In September, he pleaded guilty to domestic violence.

He pleaded guilty to attempted felonious assault in 2011, domestic violence in 2010, receiving stolen property in 2009 and aggravated assault in 2005.

All the charges were in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. He has no record in Medina County.

Walker was arraigned Monday before Medina Municipal Court Judge Dale Chase.

He was being held Monday in the Medina County Jail on a $50,000, 10 percent, bond. His next hearing date is April 10.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.