Operation Sundown: 21 arrested after complaints of crime, drug activity in Elyria

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ELYRIA, Ohio -- Complaints about drugs and gun violence in Elyria led to the arrests of 21 people in eight days part of Operation Sundown.

According to a release from Elyria Police Narcotics Unit, Operation Sundown targeted street level drug dealers that distribute cocaine and heroin to drug addicts in the city and Lorain County.

The raids were prompted by complaints from residents about crimes that have happened this summer in Elyria. One of the homes raided was located near a preschool.

Police say the majority of those arrested are accused of conducting drug transactions in homes, apartment buildings, city streets, alleys, street corners, parks and parking lots in Elyria.

Police also seized three guns and military-issued body armor. They also seized 60 grams of cocaine, 25 grams of heroin, 30 grams of marijuana, 27 doses of Oxycodone and 49 doses of ecstasy.

The drugs were worth an estimated $15,335. Detectives also found $5,658 and five vehicles.

According to the release, Elyria police will continue to target those involved in the sale and distribution of drugs to help cut down on gun violence and other crimes.

Those arrested face charges including trafficking heroin and cocaine, drug possession and engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity.

(Photo Credit: Elyria Police Department)

(Photo Credit: Elyria Police Department)