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Two Lorain County men indicted in federal for selling fentanyl and other drugs

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

Two Lorain County men were indicted in federal for selling fentanyl and other drugs.

Dwayne R. Taylor, 32, of Elyria, was charged in a nine-count indictment with distribution of fentanyl, heroin and crack cocaine, as well as firearms charges.

Todd E. Coleman, Jr., 37, of Lorain, was charged in a three-count indictment with distribution of fentanyl analogues and cocaine.

Taylor sold crack cocaine and a mixture of fentanyl and heroin numerous times between May and July, according to the indictment.

Taylor on July 19 possessed approximately 6.53 grams of a mixture of heroin and fentanyl, as well as a Glock 9 mm handgun and a Smith & Wesson .40-caliber handgun. He was prohibited from having a firearm because of a prior conviction for drug trafficking, according to the indictment.

Coleman sold nearly 30 grams of fentanyl analogues in June, as well as cocaine, according to the indictment.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation.  In all cases the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than maximum. 

These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Robert F. Corts and Vasile Katsaros following investigations by the Elyria Police Department and FBI (Taylor) and the Lorain Police Department, DEA and Lorain County HIDTA.

A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


Mike Tobin

Updated August 30, 2018

Drug Trafficking