Cuyahoga Falls police nabbed a suspected heroin dealer after paying him an unexpected visit on Wednesday morning.

Dierre Romere Merritt, 25, of Cuyahoga Falls, was arrested and charged with trafficking in drugs and possession of controlled substances, both first-degree felonies, and tampering with evidence and having weapons while under disability, both third-degree felonies.

Around 9 a.m. Wednesday, the Cuyahoga Falls Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant at a residence in the 600 block of Marguerite Avenue, according to a release from Falls police.

The warrant was related to an ongoing investigation into the trafficking of heroin. Information gained in the investigation caused the detectives to request assistance from the department SWAT team who secured the residence and the suspect, the news release stated.

At the time of entry, SWAT operators found the suspect actively destroying evidence. During the course of the search, detectives found a substance believed to be heroin in an amount greater than bulk, and a firearm, according to police.

Merritt was transported to the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department for booking and then transferred to the Summit County Jail. At this time, the investigation is still ongoing and further charges are possible, police said.


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