WILLOUGHBY -- Six men were arrested in a heroin sting Wednesday in Willoughby.

The undercover operation was conducted by Willoughby police and the Lake County Narcotics Agency at the Motel 6 on Maplegrove Road.

Arrested were:

  • Rico D. Mauldin, 25, of Cleveland
  • Taurian J. Thomas, 25, of Cleveland Heights
  • Genesis Z. Fair, 24, of Reminderville
  • David L. Clark III, 24, of Reminderville
  • Ronnell T. Smith, 20, of Cleveland
  • Devante R. Smith, 20, of Cleveland

Charges ranged from trafficking in heroin and drug abuse to tampering with evidence and possession of criminal tools.

Officers seized approximately 5 grams of heroin, three vehicles, $962 in cash and drug paraphernalia.

Five other people were detained and questioned at the scene, but they were released pending further investigation.

Local law enforcement agencies across Lake County have been increasing their efforts at targeting illegal drug activity in and around area hotels and motels. By combining uniformed patrol officers and plainclothes detectives working with undercover narcotics agents, these targeted enforcement activities have resulted in numerous arrests for narcotics violations, according to the Lake County Narcotics Agency.

In the last six weeks alone, police have arrested a total of 14 suspects on drug-related charges and seized nearly 40 grams of heroin, 10 grams of cocaine, 2 ounces of marijuana, over $8,000 in cash and seven vehicles.

Police intend to continue these operations throughout the summer.