FOSTORIA - A Fostoria woman was arrested on three felony charges after law enforcement officers conducted a drug-related search warrant at her residence at 5:15 p.m. Thursday.
Officers from Seneca County Drug Task Force METRICH Enforcement Unit and Bloomville, Fostoria, Green Springs and Republic police departments and agents from Hancock County Drug Task Force METRICH Enforcement Unit conducted the search warrant at 331 W. South St., Fostoria, the residence of Lisa M. Spradlin, 40, Anthony B. Scott, 49, and Tony L. Fairley Sr., 58.
"We've been receiving a large amount of tips from the public regarding drug activity taking place at that residence," said Matt Armstrong, lead investigator.
METRICH includes personnel from Fostoria Police Department, Tiffin Police Department, Seneca County Sheriff's Office and Seneca County Prosecutor's Office.
Spradlin was arrested on charges of trafficking in crack cocaine, possession of criminal tools and illicit possession of prescription drugs, all felonies, according to a release from METRICH.
Additional charges of trafficking crack cocaine, possession of criminal tools, drug abuse and permitting drug abuse are pending on some of the suspects, it states.
Judge Jay Meyer of Seneca County Probate and Juvenile Court signed the search warrant, which unveiled suspected crack cocaine, prescription pills, drug paraphernalia, money and criminal tools, according to the release. The amount of money and suspected drugs confiscated was undetermined early this morning.
Detective Charles Boyer, METRICH coordinator, said 19 law enforcement officers assisted with execution of the search warrant.
Tiffin Police Department's Special Response Team was used to make entry into the residence and execute the search warrant safely. The police department's canine unit also assisted.
Armstrong, a Fostoria Police Department officer assigned to work with METRICH, said village police units in Seneca County set up a search team to assist the unit several months ago and provide officers when they are able when METRICH needs assistance.
"That's been working out pretty well, actually," he said.
Armstrong said certain officers in each village signed up to participate on the search team and received additional training. The team enables METRICH's agencies to cut down on overtime on larger investigations and allows village officers to receive additional training from the task force, he said.
"It's not mandatory to participate. ... It's just a few officers from each village," he said.
The release encourages citizens to continue to report suspicious activity to their local agencies or to METRICH's hotline at (877) 446-DRUG or (419) 443-0463.