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Heroin with fentanyl, cocaine seized during New London search warrant

Cary Ashby • Oct 3, 2019 at 12:00 PM

NEW LONDON — Village police officers seized suspected heroin laced with fentanyl plus cocaine and possible drug paraphernalia while using a search warrant Tuesday night.

The incident at 65 W. Washburn St., New London, happened about 7:27 p.m. Officers said they confiscated the following items and placed them into evidence: Suspected heroin laced with fentanyl, cocaine, several drug instruments, prescription pills, drug paraphernalia and two cell phones.

“Our main target that evening was the owner of the trailer,” New London Police Chief Mike Marko said. “When we made entry, she was walking out of the bathroom; that’s where we found the heroin.

“It was a large amount. (The) street value is unknown.”

The narcotics will be tested at the Mansfield crime laboratory and the results will be turned over to the prosecutor for the consideration of felony charges.

When heroin is laced with fentanyl, it makes it more powerful and deadly, Marko said, so the trailer owner might not realize that police may have saved her life Tuesday.

“There will be felony charges on the owner of the trailer and misdemeanor charges on Cody (Hardy), the gentleman we arrested,” Marko said.

Cody A. Hardy, 25, of 65 W. Washburn St., New London, was arrested on a felony Lorain County Common Pleas Court warrant for possession of drugs. Marko said the warrant had a pick-up radius which indicated that authorities wanted the suspect arrested no matter where he was in the United States, “so it’s pretty serious.” 

After his arrest, police transported Hardy to the intersection of Ohio 511 and Ohio 60, where he was turned over to a Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.

Marko said police had been keeping the West Washburn Street residence under surveillance based on reliable information from tipsters.

“They are credible informants,” the chief added.

While using the search warrant, police detained Hardy, the trailer owner and another female. Marko said the female was cooperative and likely won’t be facing any charges.

Tuesday’s incident marks the second time in about 17 hours that New London police have encountered suspected cocaine. Marko said the two incidents aren’t related.

Just before 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, a caller reported a disturbance at a Third Street apartment. During a subsequent traffic stop by Officer Jacob Johnson, police reported confiscating suspected cocaine, methamphetamine, prescription pills, two scales, several “baggies,” some cash, various possible drug instruments and two large knives. Officers took photos and seized the drugs for testing.

Third Street residents Cassandra L. Nagy and Emily Harlin, both 25, each were charged with providing false information. Nagy also was cited with driving under suspension.

“There will be felony charges pending,” Marko said.

When asked about cocaine, the chief said it’s “rare in the village.”

“In fact, heroin is rare too. What we’ve been seeing is meth,” Marko added.

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