Over $1 million in cocaine seized in Akron

AKRON, OH – Akron Police have made what they are calling a “significant arrest and narcotics seizure” after a chase and car crash.

Photo courtesy: Akron police

Photo courtesy: Akron police

Photo courtesy: Akron police

Photo courtesy: Akron police

Police were monitoring a suspected drug activity area near Kenmore Boulevard and 16th Street in South Akron on Tuesday when they saw a suspect leave in an SUV. The Ohio State Highway Patrol tried to stop the car, but it sped away. During the subsequent chase, the SUV crashed into a utility pole and the suspect fled on foot. Police caught up with the suspect after he jumped off a railroad overpass. He was taken to the hospital for minor injuries and later released into custody.

When police searched the vehicle, they found 11 kilograms of cocaine, which is estimated to be over 20,000 doses and worth over $1 million.

“This seizure is a major upset to the supply of illegal drugs in our City and the region.
And while it will not eliminate our community’s struggle with the drug epidemic, it
demonstrates the key role that smart, targeted law enforcement efforts play in the
eradication of devastating drugs, like cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl from our
neighborhoods,” said Akron Mayor Daniel Horrigan.