1 arrested on drug charges after stop

A Fremont man was arrested early Tuesday morning after a Seneca County Sheriff’s deputy found suspected cocaine during a traffic stop.

Deputy Chris Potter of Seneca County Sheriff’s Office said the stop had been initiated in Green Springs after he witnessed a vehicle speed, swerve and run a stop sign in the county.

Potter said the driver, Orlando G. Carter, 49, appeared to be under the influence of narcotics, and after stepping out of his vehicle, he threw a pill bottle containing a white, powdery substance on the ground.

In searching the vehicle, Potter located a second pill bottle also containing suspected cocaine, along with drug abuse instruments and drug paraphernalia, he said.

Because Carter refused to take a chemical test, a search warrant was signed by Tiffin-Fostoria Municipal Court Judge Mark Repp to draw blood from Carter, Potter said.

Carter has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, OVI refusal, driving under suspension and several other traffic violations, Potter said.

The suspected cocaine has been sent to a lab to be tested, he said.