Nick Glunt and Andrew Davis | The Gazette
A man at risk of a Medina police-initiated eviction from his Bronson Street residence was arrested Thursday evening, charged with allowing a drug deal to take place at his home.
David Reed, 53, who has a history of incarceration as a result of drug charges, told The Gazette in March that he was trying to turn his life around. He acknowledged having friends involved with drugs, but said he no longer was taking part and did not permit them at his home.
But the Medina County Drug Task Force reported one of Reed’s friends, 34-year-old Curtis Debose, sold heroin at Reed’s home at least twice on Thursday while Reed was present.
Debose, of the 6500 block of Norwalk Road in Medina, was charged with trafficking heroin. Reed was charged with permitting drug abuse, meaning he’s accused of knowingly providing a place for drug crimes to take place.
Both charges are fifth-degree felonies punishable by up to a year in prison.
The men were being held at the Medina County Jail on Friday afternoon following their arraignments in Medina Municipal Court that morning. Debose was being held on $35,000 bond and Reed on $10,000 bond.
The arrests are the latest in a series of heroin-related crackdowns in the neighborhood.
As part of the effort, Medina police and government officials in March filed a lawsuit in Medina County Common Pleas Court to get the house labeled a “nuisance,” arguing the home has been the site of extensive drug activity since 2006. If a judge agrees, the house could be boarded up and Reed could be evicted for a year.
City Law Director Greg Huber said Thursday’s arrests will strengthen the city’s argument in court.
“Assuming that the facts are square, it would be one more piece of evidence as to what is going on at that property,” he said Friday.
A mediation hearing on the eviction lawsuit is scheduled for Nov. 5.
Both Reed and Debose have criminal records.
When he was arrested, Debose was out on bond from a case in March and was on parole from serving an 11-month prison sentence for trafficking heroin.
Reed last was released from prison in August 2012, according to the Ohio Department of Corrections.
Bronson Street residents and Reed’s family members have been pushing for Reed to straighten out his life.
The Rev. C.P. Carter, senior pastor at Second Baptist Church across the street from Reed’s home, said he was hopeful Reed had turned his life around.
“I’m extremely disappointed,” he said Friday. “Obviously I’ll continue to support him, but he’s got to take responsibility for his actions.”
Carter said he’s glad police are trying to fight heroin in the neighborhood.
“We’re beginning to see results in the neighborhood with the increased enforcement,” the pastor said. “Unfortunately, this time it includes someone who I had high hopes for turning a corner and participating meaningfully in the community.”
Reed’s mother, Marsha Reed-Bryant, said she thought her son’s arrest was necessary because it might teach him his friends are no good.
“The company that he keeps is nothing but drug addicts,” she said. “Those people that hang there are just disgusting.
“(Reed’s brother) Scott and I have been trying to get David away from those people for some time.”
Contact reporter Andrew Davis at (330) 721-4050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.