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City of Akron Press Release
Published: 11-02-2016

Akron, Ohio, November 2, 2016 – Mayor Horrigan held a press conference this morning to announce a significant arrest and narcotics seizure by Akron Police.

At approximately 12:30 p.m. yesterday, November 1, 2016, Akron Police Officers were monitoring a suspected area of drug activity at the corner of Kenmore Boulevard and 16th Street in South Akron.  A suspect left the area in a Ford Explorer and was alerted to pull over by the Ohio State Highway Patrol for suspicious activity.  The suspect sped away from the Highway Patrol.  In the course of the pursuit, the suspect's vehicle hit a curb and crashed into a utility pole near Lake Street and Old Main Street, at which point the suspect fled his vehicle on foot.

Akron Police Officers pursued the suspect on foot and detained him after a chase that included the suspect jumping thirty feet down from a railroad overpass. Upon a search of the vehicle, Akron Police Officers discovered what was later determined to be 11 kilograms of cocaine. The Akron Police estimate this at over 20,000 doses with an approximate street value of $1 million dollars.

The suspect was immediately taken to the hospital, treated for any minor injuries, and released into custody.  The suspect has been arrested and charged.  The criminal investigation is ongoing and additional charges and suspects are likely to arise as facts develop.

“I want to thank the members of the Akron Police Department and the Ohio State Highway Patrol whose professionalism and diligence led to the removal of a significant quantity of this dangerous drug from our streets. Our collaborative, community-wide efforts are reaping results.

It has been our consistent goal to attack the drug epidemic from all sides – treatment, education and disruption in the criminal supply and distribution channels. This seizure is a major upset to the supply of illegal drugs in our City and the region.  And while it will not eliminate our community’s struggle with the drug epidemic, it demonstrates the key role that smart, targeted law enforcement efforts play in the eradication of devastating drugs, like cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl from our neighborhoods." - Mayor Daniel Horrigan.

For further information, contact:
Ellen Lander Nischt
Press Secretary/Assistant Director of Law
166 S. High Street, Akron, Ohio 44308
Phone: 330/375-2325
E-mail: [email protected]

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