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Jury Convicts Man for Possession of Drugs and Gun at Elyria Motel

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio

AKRON – Antoine Williams, 49, of Lorain, Ohio, was found guilty on August 16, 2023, of gun and drug offenses after a two-day trial before U.S. District Judge John R. Adams. The Jury convicted him of being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm, possessing fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine with the intent to distribute, and possessing a firearm in furtherance of his drug trafficking crimes.

According to court documents and testimony, the Elyria Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) executed a search warrant at the Arlington Inn Suites on March 8, 2022. Inside, they found Williams, along with significant quantities of fentanyl and heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine. Williams also had a Rohm revolver, and more than $7,000.00 of drug proceeds in cash. Sentencing is scheduled for November 30, 2023 at 11:00 a.m.

The investigation was conducted by the Elyria Police Department and the FBI as part of Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge (S.O.S.), a joint law enforcement initiative that seeks to reduce the supply of deadly synthetic opioids and to identify wholesale distribution networks and international and domestic suppliers in Lorain County. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert J. Kolansky and Paul Hanna.


Thomas P. Weldon
(216) 622-3651

Updated August 31, 2023

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses