2 sentenced for drug crimes

Two Tiffin men were sentenced to prison Monday on several drug-related convictions.

According to a release from the Seneca County Prosecutor’s Office, John R. Smith, 41, was sentenced to a total of 10 years in prison on charges of complicity to burglary, complicity to trafficking in cocaine, aggravated trafficking in drugs, possession of cocaine, aggravated possession of cocaine and three counts of trafficking in cocaine.

John Martin Fonseca Beck, 22, was given a six-year prison term on charges of aggravated possession of drugs, trafficking in marijuana and three counts of aggravated trafficking in drugs, according to the release.

The sentences were handed down by Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff.

The men were arrested after the Seneca County Drug Task Force METRICH Enforcement Unit executed a drug-related search warrant at Smith’s Tomb Street residence. There, marijuana, illegally-possessed prescription pills, cocaine, money, criminal tools, drug paraphernalia and suspected stolen property was found.

Smith also had been involved in a nighttime break-in of a Seventh Avenue residence in September. Items reported missing from the residence included a safe containing a substantial amount of money, jewelry and two pistols.

“Law enforcement reacted quickly and was able to solve a burglary and significant drug crimes in a very short period of time,” said Assistant Prosecutor Brian Boos in the release.

Boos said significant restitution was given to the burglary victim.