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Two land drug trafficking charges

Courtney Astolfi • Feb 22, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Police arrested two men for drug trafficking this week after serving search warrants at each of their Sandusky homes.

Dylan Ridgeway, 21, of the 800 block of Fulton St., was charged with heroin trafficking and possession, weapons under disability, criminal tools possession and marijuana possession.

Travis Clinton, 20, of the 400 block of E. Washington St., was charged with cocaine trafficking and possession, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and criminal tools.

When officers served a warrant at Ridgeway’s Fulton Street home on Wednesday, they found him incoherent after they burst through his door, Sandusky police Detective Adam West said.

Officers found more than 15 grams of heroin in a shoebox, as well as about $550 cash, a .22 revolver, ammunition and digital scale, West said. Found elsewhere in the home was marijuana.

Ridgeway’s trafficking charge was upgraded to a first-degree felony because a 17-year-old girl was in the house with him and he lives within 1000 feet of a Jackson Street school.

Officers continued the purge Thursday when they also served a warrant at Clinton’s East Washington Street home.

Clinton was asleep on his living room couch when officers knocked down his door. Inside one of his coat pockets was a wad of more than 30 grams of crack, West said.

Officers also uncovered $130 in cash, marijuana and paraphernalia. Clinton’s trafficking charge was enhanced because of the amount of crack he was carrying, West said.

The two men were taken to the Erie County jail following their arrest. Both warrants are part of a recent push by Sandusky police to crack down on narcotics use in the city.

Investigators receive information about drug dealers in a variety of ways, but most often, residents will phone a tip to Sandusky’s drug tip hotline. From there, patrol officers may conduct surveillance on suspicious homes or enlist the help of confidential informants.

“The drug problem in Sandusky is unreal right now,” West said. “We don’t discriminate against any drug dealer. Big or small, we’re going to take them all”

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