Cocaine trafficker sentenced to 22 years in prison

FOSTORIA A Fostoria man who was arrested and charged with first-degree felony trafficking in cocaine after a large amount of cocaine was seized in February was sentenced to prison Thursday.

As part of a plea agreement, Charles V. Richardson, 35, pleaded no contest Thursday to two charges of trafficking in cocaine in an amount equal to or exceeding 100 grams, according to a release from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office. Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley sentenced him to 22 years in prison, and each charge carried a mandatory 11-year sentence.

The release states that according to investigators, Richardson, who was arrested after selling the drugs to a confidential informant, was part of a drug distribution ring bringing cocaine to Seneca County from Toledo.

Officers with the Seneca County Drug Task Force-METRICH Enforcement Unit investigated the case, and the Attorney General’s Special Prosecutions Section prosecuted it, the release states.

METRICH Unit Coordinator Chuck Boyer had said Richardson was arrested in the parking lot of a Tiffin business, 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.