LORAIN, Ohio -- The Lorain County Drug Task Force has been watching Wayne Norris for at least a year. Police says he's been notorious in Lorain County: one of the biggest distributors of this dangerous drug.
"He thought he was untouchable basically. And he thought he was the man, in his own words," said Elyria Police Sgt. James Welsh.
ORIGINAL STORY: 5 arrested after year-long heroin investigation
Months of detective work by Lorain and Elyria Police brought down Norris and six others for heroin dealing. George Seymore, 38, Robert Young, 51, and Tyshun Washington, 28, face trafficking and corruption charges. Amber Zajac, 23, Stacy Jo Norris, 28, and Pamela Pearson, 46, face conspiracy charges.
The investigation is still ongoing and more arrests are expected.
Wednesday officers surrounded Norris's home in Elyria and eleven other locations with search warrants.
Police seized more than a kilo of heroin, worth $90-some thousand, along with seven cars, two houses and $50K in cash.
"We're going to put [Norris] in jail for a long time," said Welsh.
In this county, or the one you live in, you don't have to go far to find heroin. It's easy and relatively cheap to come by and that's why it's one of the biggest problem officers face.
While these arrests are a rewarding win for law enforcement, they admit when it comes to saving lives, arrests alone won't cut it.
"We're not going to arrest our way out of this problem," said Chief Deputy Dennis Cavanaugh with the Lorain Co. Sheriff's Office.
"I'm glad that that much heroin is off the street, but there's just as much out there," said Holly Miller. Miller is one of the founders of the newly formed Lorain Community Task Force. The group wants to bring people together to educate and get those battling addiction help.
"Everybody knows somebody that does heroin. Whether you believe it or want to believe it or not, you do," she said. "We just want people to know that people are out there and want to help."
The Task Force is holding a rally at Lakeview Park in Lorain Saturday. Miller encourages anyone who is interested in learning more about the group to gather near the fountain at 6 p.m. Bring a sign, she says, for the group, or for someone you know in crisis because of heroin.
You can also help support the group which is currently raising funds HERE.
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