Charges over alleged drug instruments at Elyria court

Staff Report

An Oberlin man was arrested last Wednesday for reportedly taking drug abuse instruments into the Elyria Municipal Court.

Arvis Townsend, 36, was stopped at 1:50 p.m. by an officer working the court’s front door metal detectors when the man saw what appeared to be a weapon in a bag, according to an Elyria police report.

The officer opened the bag and found a pocket knife and a small black bag, the report said. Inside the bag were a spoon, three needles, and a tourniquet.

“It was obvious that the items were being used to ingest some type of illegal drug,” the report said.

Townsend told investigators the items were not his and he used the black bag to keep his paperwork dry.

The suspect was charged with possession of drug abuse instruments and the questionable items were turned over to Elyria police as evidence.

Townsend has a history in the court system.

He has been charged in the past with possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine, possession of drug abuse instruments, and disorderly conduct by intoxication —all in municipal court.

In county court, he has faced counts of attempted burglary, criminal damaging, and receiving stolen property. He currently faces a felony drug possession count.

Staff Report