Police seize $8,000 worth of cocaine in drug bust

A Fostoria man was arrested and charged with first-degree felony trafficking in cocaine after a large amount of cocaine was seized Monday.

According to a release from the Seneca County Drug Task Force-METRICH Enforcement Unit, Charles V. Richardson, 35, may face additional charges of trafficking in cocaine, possession of crack cocaine and possession of marijuana after law enforcement found $8,000 worth of alleged cocaine at his home.

METRICH Unit Coordinator Chuck Boyer said Richardson was arrested in the parking lot of a Tiffin business Monday afternoon, and the execution of a search warrant followed at his Fostoria residence.

The search warrant revealed suspected crack cocaine, marijuana, money and additional criminal tools affiliated with the investigation.

According to the release, the seizure of the alleged cocaine interrupted a cocaine distribution ring through northwest Ohio.

“The collaboration of agencies involved in this entire investigation was instrumental in the success of this operation,” Boyer said in the release.

METRICH, which led the three-month-long investigation, was assisted by the State Highway Patrol, agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification, the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, the Tiffin Police Department and the Fostoria Police Department.

According to the release, Richardson is being held in the Seneca County jail awaiting court proceedings.