Narcotics were found June 7 during a search of a Prospect Street home with a history of drug trafficking.
Brothers Carter Smith, 21, and Curtis Smith, 22, of Wellington, were arrested on warrants for probation violations, according to investigators.
Working undercover, Wellington police and sheriff’s deputies had purchased drugs two days prior at the home, which led to a search warrant, according to Det. Craig Camp of the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.
The raid was not the first run-in with the law for either of the Smiths.
The June 7 arrest also happened to fall on Carter Smith’s birthday, said Wellington police chief Tim Barfield.
“This is someone who we’ve dealt with a lot and arrested multiple times over the past few months,” he said. “He keeps getting out and goes back to doing the same thing. We needed to put a stop to it. His activity was pretty blatant and obvious through our own observations and citizen complaints.”
Carter pleaded guilty in April to charges of drug possession, drug abuse instrument possession, and paraphernalia. He was also indicted in May on counts of drug and paraphernalia possession and drug trafficking.
Curtis was sentenced in April to two years of community control after a felony heroin and paraphernalia possession conviction.
The WPD first alerted deputies to suspicious activity at the residence early this year, leading to undercover buys followed by a search Jan. 20 where methylfentanyl was seized.
The opioid is estimated to be 400 to 6,000 times more powerful than morphine.
On May 23, police responded to a heroin overdose at the Smiths’ address where Carter was given naloxone and revived. No drugs or paraphernalia were found in the immediate area at the time, according to a police report.
Barfield said Carter Smith has asked police for help seeking treatment for addiction but hasn’t followed up when asked to fill out paperwork or provide identification.
“We hope things are different this time,” he said. “This has just happened so many times for him to just go back on the street. He’s a danger to himself and to others.”
Wellington has a small police department that isn’t equipped to run big drug busts by itself and works closely with the county task force to curb trafficking, said Barfield.
“This isn’t the first one in town we’ve popped but this guy was just blatant,” he said.
Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.