FOSTORIA - Seven people were arrested early Tuesday morning after law enforcement officials conducted six drug-related search warrants in Fostoria.
A three-and-a-half month investigation called "De-railed" led to the execution of the search warrants, according to a release from The Seneca County Drug Task Force-METRICH Enforcement Unit. The investigation focused on an alledged crack-cocaine distribution ring in Fostoria which involved 13 suspects who were operating from various residences.
According to the release, those arrested Tuesday and their charges included: Richard May, 46, 39 Cherry St., obstruction of official business; Tyree L. Carpenter, 28, 610 Columbus Ave., trafficking in crack cocaine, possession of criminal tools and possession of cocaine; Andrea Hernandez, 22, 610 Columbus Ave., permitting drug abuse; Eric E. Coleman Sr., 39, 245 Bricker St., trafficking in crack cocaine; Tara O'Dell, 25, 245 Bricker St., permitting drug abuse; Chester Pettaway, 30, 1067 Carrie Lane, possession of crack cocaine and outstanding felony warrants from Seneca and Wood counties; and Antione McCoy, 31, 1095 Carrie Lane, possession of crack cocaine.
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Law enforcement works early Tuesday morning at 215 E. High St., where drug paraphernalia and criminal tools were found. The residence was one of six in which police conducted drug-related search warrants.
"I'm very pleased of the results we've had today and I'm looking forward to what lies ahead," said Detective Chuck Boyer of the Seneca County Drug Task Force-METRICH Enforcement Unit.
According to the release, a search warrant at 215 E. High St. - the residence of Deanna Morton, 54; Carl V. Gott, 35; Neate L. Hernandez, 34; Jimyra Noethtich, 31; and Chris Fuller, 49 - unveiled various items of drug paraphernalia and criminal tools.
Some of the suspects, including Carpenter, Andrea Hernandez, Coleman and O'Dell, have been cited with dog licensing violations and law enforcement is continuing to investigate whether pit bulls owned by the suspects were used for the purpose of dog fighting.
Child endangerment charges also are pending for several of the suspects, because small children were living in the residences, according to the release.
Fostoria Police Chief John McGuire said all of the suspects originally are from Toledo, and one suspect at the Cherry Street residence was injured during the search warrant because he resisted arrest.
"Minus the one subject (who was injured), it was definitely highly successful," McGuire said.
According to the release, additional charges of trafficking in crack cocaine are pending for multiple suspects.
METRICH was assisted Tuesday by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification, Toledo division of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Hancock County Drug Task Force-METRICH Enforcement Unit, Hancock County Sheriff's Office, Findlay Police Department, U.S. Border Patrol, Republic Police Department, Bloomdale Police Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office, the Seneca County Dog Warden and Lake Township Police Department, according to the release.