Two attorneys faced a judge Tuesday afternoon for their initial appearances after allegedly getting caught in a drug sting.
Scott Claussen and Bryan Byrne were arrested Monday afternoon with another man in a bust involving pills.
Claussen has been serving as Brooklyn Law Director, and he is running for mayor there. The FOX 8 I TEAM found both Claussen and Byrne also had worked many years ago as assistant Cuyahoga County prosecutors.
A judge set bond for all three men with court supervision. They are pleading not guilty.
Monday afternoon, only FOX 8 was there as the Cleveland Police Narcotics Unit and the US Postal Inspection Service carried out an undercover sting on Broadview Road in Seven Hills. Court records show an undercover agent dressed as a mailman, and he delivered a package with 158 tablets of Oxycodone, a powerful painkiller. Records also show Alfonso Yunis accepted the package, and police found Claussen and Byrne “cutting up the pills of Oxycodone with credit cards.”
Yunis is facing a complaint for Drug Trafficking and Drug Possession. Claussen and Byrne are facing complaints for Drug Possession. However, a grand jury will hear the case and recommend the charges each man should face at trial.
The I-TEAM went to Brooklyn City Hall, but the mayor wasn’t there. He did not return a phone call.
Meantime, at least one man in Brooklyn took down Claussen’s campaign yard signs after we had been there.