In an operation titled "Operation Clean Sweep Ravenna," the Portage County Drug Task Force arrested 31 people in the city of Ravenna Friday morning for allegedly violating state narcotic laws.
The arrests followed a seven-month investigation by the task force.
Task force detectives, aided by members of the Ravenna, Kent, Garrettsville and Hiram police departments, the Portage County Sheriff's Office, Metro SWAT, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Adult Parole Authority began executing arrest warrants at approximately 7 a.m. Friday. The 31 individuals were in custody by 10:30 a.m.
According to Portage County Sheriff David Doak and Ravenna Police Chief Tim Adkins, the drug task force made more than 100 narcotic transactions in Ravenna in the past six months.
Purchases of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana, ecstasy and prescription drugs were purchased inside residences, restaurants and on the streets of Ravenna.
As a result of this investigation, evidence was presented to the Portage County Grand Jury, which returned indictments against 31 individuals. All but one of the those arrested listed a Ravenna address.
During the sweep, the Portage County Department of Jobs and Family Services removed six children whose parents were arrested.
Task force detectives seized six vehicles as part of the operation.
Individuals arrested in Friday's task force sweep include:
Joshuah Refener of 143 Scranton St., Ravenna; Allen and Jeffrey McCormack of 262 Pratt St., Ravenna; Austine Heiney of 513 Leeta St., Ravenna; Heidi Anderson and Lowell Warr of 410 S. Sycamore St., Ravenna;
Dandre Dukes and Adelbert Cobbin Jr. of 3075 S.R. 59, Ravenna; Desiree Greenwood and Frankie Parnell-Echols of 121 Vine St., Ravenna; Shaun Fitzgerald of 1540 Olympus Drive., Kent; Anna Holmes of 109 Van Buren Ave., Ravenna;
Yolanda Jackson of 211 W. Harris St., Ravenna; Jerome Latimer of 600 W. Main St., Ravenna; Tyrece Luttrell, of 518 Ravenna Ave., Ravenna; Justin Piscura of 8335 Infirmary Road, Ravenna;
Rachelle Hunley of 249 Myrtle St., Ravenna; Walter Steele of 418 W. Main St., Ravenna; Tyree Taliaferro of 874 W. Main St., Ravenna; Alex Thomas of 624 Highland Ave., Ravenna;
Greg Underwood Jr. and Michelle Kelton of 506 Clinton St., Ravenna; Jamal Underwood of 846 S. Diamond St., Ravenna; Clifford Watson III of 652 2nd St., Ravenna; Jeff May II and Eva Heckert of 6060 Lakewood Road, Ravenna;
Kyle Corzine of 457 W. Main St., Ravenna; James Manges of 161 E. Cedar St., Ravenna; Alicia Messner of 6441 Ricky Lane, Charlestown; Jasean Kelly of 260 Harris St., Ravenna; Salantino Hereford of 260 W. Harris St., Ravenna.